The Olmec Civilization in Mesoamerica was the first large civilization to flourish along the Gulf Coast of Mexico. Th Olmec are known for their stonework and sculpture tradition that was visible along the coast through to the Mayan Empire. The Olmec produced large sculptures to small figurines which displayed distinct physical features. The figurines were typically made from jade and greenstone, making them not only valuable, but distinct in the quality produced during the carving process. A Major influence in their sculpture was the Jaguar. The Jaguar is a powerful large cat, and many sculptures are called "were-jaguar" sculptures. They depict features of the jaguar and humans combined. Other civilizations flourished in this area as well. The Zapotec and Toltec fill out the civilization timeline on Gulf Coast. This Gallery presents the changes in figure and sculpture from 1500 B.C to 600 A.D and the influences of the Olmec civilization throughout this time.