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Iguana

Iguana

1600-300 BC

Greenstone

Private Collection 1.2016

Description

L-shaped eyes and flame-like eyebrows identify this reptile as the mythical or supernatural Olmec Dragon, so-called because it often combines the traits of many different creatures. Here, it assumes the form of an iguana whose short, cleft tail may have been broken and polished smooth in antiquity.

See also
Collection: 
AA - Mesoamerica
Department: 
Art of the Americas
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture
Medium: 
Greenstone
Credit line: 
Private Collection

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