Olmec culture, Las Bocas, Mexico
Early Formative period, 1200–900 B.C.
H. 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm)
Raymond and Laura Wielgus Collection
Indiana University Art Museum, 2001.2
This figure is one of a group of small and large clay figures with
Olmec features (such as the downturned mouth) that were found in graves
in Las Bocas, a central Mexican site far from the Olmec homeland on
the Gulf coast. Seated obese figures such as this one may be an early
depiction of a deity later known as the Fat God, or they may represent
overfed rulers or priests, obese eunuchs, or persons with genetic
or endocrine abnormalities.