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Seated Figure

This figure is one of a group of small and large clay figures with Olmec features (such as the downturned mouth) that were said to have been found in graves in Las Bocas, a central Mexican site far from the Olmec homeland on the Gulf coast. Seated obese figures such as this one may be an early depiction of a deity later known as the Fat God, or they may represent overfed rulers or priests, obese eunuchs, or persons with genetic or endocrine abnormalities.

Olmec culture, Las Bocas, Mexico
Seated Figure
Early Formative period, 1200–900 BC
Clay, cinnabar
H. 4 ½ in. (11.4 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Raymond and Laura Wielgus Collection, 2001.2