As the earliest known Central American civilization that laid cultural, academic (writing, calendrical) and political foundations for subsequent societies (e.g. Mayan, Aztec), many consider Olmec's “The Mother Culture”. Olmec art has distinctive qualities, none more than the feline “jaguar mouth” depicting a down-turned open mouth. Representing such a feline man indicated power and divinity as the Jaguar was a known symbol of power. The exotic nature of Olmec-style artifact design became synonymous with elite status, imitated by non-Olmec civilizations in developing towns to bolster their status. Registration: This artifact is registered with The National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), by Bequest’s artifact partner Fundación Cultural Armella Spitalier (FCAS), and cannot leave the country of Mexico, except to exhibit internationally via 6 month INAH permit.
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