Olmecoid Greyware Vessel in the Form of an Old Man - PF.1899
Origin: Mexico
Circa: 900 BC to 300 BC
Dimensions: 3.375" (8.6cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Style: Olmec
Medium: Terracotta


In the Pre-Columbian world, old age and its complications were treated as a natural part of existence. Even the gods aged in a manner similar to their mortal counterparts. This fascinating vessel shows a bearded older man who bends forward clutching his neck and belly as if to indicate the source of his pain. The vessel from which he grows so organically perhaps held an offering meant to win a cure from the gods. Civilization has made many advances since this vase was new, but on essential levels the cycle of human life has changed little. - (PF.1899)



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