July 15, 2004
The interior design of the museum is certqinly as thought on as the Mexico City one: spacious, peaceful, and athmosphere provoking.
The museum shows the several precolumbian finds and arts of Veracruz state, starting with the Olmecs, famous for their larger than life stone heads. Other than several of these heads, of which some may even have served as a king's seat, the Olmec part shows altars and zoomorphical figures of humans turning into jaguars... the jaguarandi. Especially those fascinated me, other than the grand heads of course.
Another part shows the finds of the El Tajin culture and the Huastec region.
You need your time in this museum, something I alas did not have... And although it's smaller than the DF museum, it's as overburdening with graphical art information.
So, aside from the Olmec part I'd like to especially point out the collection of laughing masks: seemingly female faces, laughing and chuckling, the turned up corners of their mouths having laughing creases. There's also a striking collection of gripping human faces: very old, adolescent... their portraits could have been taken from the Veracruz streets. And the god with the flailed skin - a full human size statue, seemingly in some bird suit, and rather disproportioned... what looks like a suit of bird feathers is actually his own flailed skin. Another worthy metioning is the mural section. The last sala holds several huastec statues of females, sometimes showing their peculiar tattoos.
From journal Mexican Summer