Brandon Zimmerman returns to our pages with this Olmec Cthulhu idol carved from jadeite. His rough, twisted style really captures the corrupted feel of Mythos artifacts.
Uncovered in the mid 19th century in the tropical lowlands of south-central Mexico, these strange idols, depicting the great god Cthulhu, are believed to be of Olmec origin. The Olmec were the first major civilization in Mexico and flourished from 1500 BCE to about 350 BCE. The idols are dated at approx. 400 BCE and are carved from a rare form of the mineral Jadeite.
To date scholars have not determined the cause of the extinction of the Olmec culture. Between 400 and 350 BCE, their population decreased at an alarming rate. According to some archaeologists, this drastic depopulation was probably the result of a cataclysmic environmental shift, manifested in the form of a massive earthquake or flood.