As a token of appreciation because of the excellent relationship between Mexico and Belize, President Enrique Peña-Nieto donated a full-size replica of an Olmec Head to the people of Belize. The stone Head (9 tons) was placed at the roundabout facing the Embassy of Mexico in Belmopan.

The Embassy recognizes the invaluable support of CEO for Economic Development, Yvonne Hyde; Print Belize Limited and Belize Signs LTD. in making this project a reality. This video of the installation of the Head was recorded by the latter.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Culture: Olmec
Temporality: Early Preclassic 1200 - 900 BC.
Discovered: 1970
Place of Origin: Texistepec, State of Veracruz, Mexico.
Site: San Lorenzo Tenochtitlán.
Measures: Length: 1.63 mts. Width: 1.55 mts. Height: 2.20 mts.
Author: Ignacio Pérez Solano

It is considered one of the colossal heads in the best state of conservation. The helmet includes a band with four elements that have been interpreted as feline claws or bird claws. Apparently, it was part of a sculptural set inside a sunken courtyard in the site of San Lorenzo.

The Olmec civilization flourished in Pre-Classical Mesoamerica from c. 1200 to 400 BC and is generally considered the predecessor of all subsequent Mesoamerican cultures such as the Maya and the Aztecs.

Video of the installation