Las Limas Monument 1, Olmec, likely carved during the Middle Formative Period, 1000-600 BCE.
Las Limas Monument 1 shows a figure of a youth holding a limp were-jaguar baby, and is the largest known greenstone sculpture. It was found in the Mexican state of Veracruz, near Jesús Carranza, discovered by two children. They dug the statue out, declared the “La Virgen de las Limas”, and set it up on its own altar in their nearby home.
Archaeologists later promised the public display of the sculpture and the construction of a new school in exchange for moving it to the Xalapa Museum of Anthropology.
Five years from this, the sculpture was stolen form the museum in October of 1970. It was later found in a motel room in San Antonio, Texas, apparently to be sold to the black market.
Considered by some as the "Rosetta stone" of Olmec religion, this status is famous for its incised representations of Olmec supernaturals .
Courtesy & currently located at the Museo de Antropología de Xalapa, in Veracruz. Photo taken by Olga Cadena.