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16 the merrin gallery
Meet The Experts
The Merrin Gallery
Tuesday, March 26

The Olmecs were the earliest known major civilization in Mesoamerica. They lived in the tropical lowlands of south-central Mexico.

This rare stone figure is one of the finest carvings of the dwarf type, a well-documented figural form within the Olmec corpus. The carved emblems of the harpy eagle helmet and maize symbols including the bag on his back, mark the dwarf as a semi-divine carrier of the Olmec’s most sacred crop – maize. Maize was the foundation of Olmec ideology and the basis for the creation of deities associated with water and agriculture.

At TEFAF Maastricht 2019, we spoke with Linda Schildkraut of The Merrin Gallery on this Olmec art dwarf, and its power of fertility.