Art: MEN FROM THE DARK

ARCHAEOLOGY holds no more compelling mystery than that of the Olmec Indians, who ruled the Gulf coast of Mexico even before the time of Christ. The well-known Mayan, Toltec and Aztec civilizations all stemmed from the Olmec culture, but their parent culture remains almost totally unknown. Practically all science has to go on is works of art dug from the jungle ground.

At The Hague Municipal Museum last week sat two Olmec ambassadors, lifesize, in clay. The largest Olmec ceramics yet found, they had been apparently smuggled out of Mexico and later bought by...