What objects did Olmec crafts people make and What were the ornaments made of?

Olmec artists crafted beautiful ornaments from obsidian and mica.

Although they did not have metal tools, they also carved sculptures from granite and jade. Many of these works depicted supernatural beings in the form of alligators, toads, and snakes.

The were-jaguar, whose face had features of both a jaguar and a human being, was the most popular supernatural being with artists.

Another common type of Olmec figurine seems to depict a bald, chubby baby with its mouth open and twisted as it lets out a loud howl.

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