3a. Comparison with a similar La Venta object (2/2)
The Worcester figure was likely buried alongside beads, ear spools, ceremonial celts (jadeite axes) and other elite goods meant to accompany the deceased into the next world, perhaps in a manner similar to the cache of objects excavated from Tomb A at La Venta.
Image: Objects of jadeite found in Tomb A at La Venta, reproduced in The Olmec World: Ritual and Rulership, Princeton University Art Museum, 1995, pg. 18 (fig. 14)Next: 3b. The object's fascinating first owner: Miguel Covarrubias