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I have been fortunate enough to acquire an OLMEC SHAMAN Burial from a Pre-Columbian collection in Mexico. In this collection , this is number 5, are some amazing pieces as Pre Columbian burials are rare to find intact. This one was found after a Hurricane when part of the resting place of this very revered SHAMAN was washed out. The exposed pieces were then traced back to his resting place and the other items were removed. One of the things that was found was a breast plate of 40 figures all carved in assorted green stones from Jadeite, Nephrite, Chrome Diopside Jade, Chrysoprase Aventurine, Amazonite, Fluorite and rarely Quartz. Green stones, material was not important, allowed a connection with the Earth. The figures appear to be carved in sets of poses and represent the SHAMAN performing various rituals. Wanting to share these I decided to attempt to make a collection to exhibit as well as making molds to cast them in silver (THIS FIGURE WEIGHS 18 GRAMS AND IS THE SHAMAN DOING THE SHAPE SHIFTING BACKFLIP PREPARING TO TRANSFORM INTO A JAGUAR). The figure measure 7/8L x5/8Hx 3/8W (24x15x10mm) These molds are EXACT replicas of the bead figures made with the highest quality silicone so that every scratch and imperfection was reproduced. I hand finish each piece and then I add a cord I designed and made with Sterling Silver ends on it and also include a GENUINE Pre-Columbian bead, from the area, to each of the cords as a stop to keep the figure in place and so that you also get a GENUINE piece of meso-american culture to keep the figure connected to its roots.

The Olmec civilization thrived between 1200 to 400 BC civilizations in the Americas, settling in the forests, savannas, and rivers of the Gulf side of Mexico. The Olmecs are best known for their huge busts, mainly of rulers, which had thick lips and broad flat noses found scattered across a wide area. Most remarkable is the huge stones had to be transported for long distances since, often, the quarries were far from the site of the statue (as far as eighty miles). The Olmecs were the first civilization to build pyramids which resembled volcanoes.
Olmec along with the other Mesoamerican religions were polytheistic. Although a lot is speculated as to what their deities were, none is confirmed. The Olmec practiced shamanism. They believed each individual has an animal spirit. Olmec religion centered around the Shaman. "The feared and revered shaman would conduct rituals and heal the sick." Some believe that the sun was a part of their worshiping along with the jaguar.
Olmec architecture used underdeveloped human figures that resembled jaguars sometimes referred to as were-jaguars. This figure has been thought of as a rain spirit, which was a prototype to the later rain gods of Mesoamerican civilizations such as the Maya and Aztec. The Olmecs used animals scarcely, with a selection limited to jaguars, monkeys, serpents, falcons, and eagles, in their buildings unlike many future cultures.
Mainly stone and clay was used in Olmec architecture which included large clay platforms and terraces, usually painted bright shades of red, yellow, and purple. Special buildings, such as ceremonial centers used multicolored clays on the floors to add commotion to the building. Other characteristics of the ceremonial centers were stone-mosaic floors and basalt (stone) columns. Olmec houses were most likely rectangular huts made from plants and adobe. There were also buildings with wooden walls covered with clay and palm roofs. Underneath the cities and towns, the Olmecs built an underground, stone drainage system.

SHAMAN Were-JAGUAR Pre-columbian Olmec burial figure bead reproduction pendant in Sterling Silver on cord with genuine bead PPC5

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