Olmec Transformational Dwarf, Mexico, ca 1000 B.C.
In ancient Mexico dwarfs were considered to possess special powers. This Olmec transformational figure holds his hands over is ears in a rare yet diagnostic Olmec stance. The downturned gums reference the were-jaguar ; perhaps the subject of the transformation. Sculpted from volcanic stone. 5 1/4 inches height.
cf. The Olmec World, page 216, for the type.