Recognize this face? The Museum’s Olmec head is a plaster replica of a sculpture that was discovered in Veracruz, Mexico, in 1945. Colossal carved heads found in Mesoamerica are thought to be portraits of powerful rulers from the ancient Olmec civilization. Only 17 such sculptures have been discovered.
Fun fact: the Museum’s replica is based on a sculpture that is estimated to weigh 40,000 lbs, the equivalent of 16 hybrid cars, 133 manhole covers, or 40,000 heads of iceberg lettuce!
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