Unloading Olmec Head at Entrance of National Museum of Natural History

ID: SIA RU000371 [94-2877]

Creator: Dougherty, Harold E

Form/Genre: Black-and-white photographs

Date: 1978

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 02, Folder: April 1978, Image No. 94-2877

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Summary

  • Caption from Torch: "Riggers unload the Olmec head at the Mall entrance of the Museum of Natural History. A special steel-frame platform was constructed to hold the five-ton stone sculpture which dates from 1000 B.C. to 800 B.C."
  • The Olmec head was discovered in 1946 by Smithsonian anthropologist Dr. Matthew W. Sterling at San Lorenzo Tenochtitlan, Veracruz. The sculpture is part of the exhibit "Treasures of Mexico: From the Mexican National Museums" at National Museum of Natural History.

Subject

  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Department of Anthropology
  • Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs

Notes

Featured in the "Torch," April 1978.

Cite as

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 02, Folder: April 1978, Image No. 94-2877

Repository Loc.

Smithsonian Institution Archives Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520

Date

1978

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Topic

  • Archaeology
  • Antiquities
  • Olmec sculpture
  • Anthropology
  • Exhibitions

Form/Genre

Black-and-white photographs

Local number

SIA RU000371 [94-2877]

Physical description

Gelatin silver prints; 10 x 8;

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