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Venus of Willendorf: Willendorf, Austria. 
25,000 BCE, Limestone. 
May be a fertility image (notice large breasts and exaggerated pubic triangle). 
Apr 16

Venus of Willendorf: Willendorf, Austria. 

25,000 BCE, Limestone. 

May be a fertility image (notice large breasts and exaggerated pubic triangle). 

Two Bison: Le Tue d’Audoubert, France
10,000 BCE, clay.
Paleolithic relief made by biulding up layers of clay. Fun fact: the cracks were formed within days of making due to the clay drying.
Apr 16

Two Bison: Le Tue d’Audoubert, France

10,000 BCE, clay.

Paleolithic relief made by biulding up layers of clay. Fun fact: the cracks were formed within days of making due to the clay drying.

Bison from Altamira cave in Santande, Spain.
12,000 BCE.
This famous cave was found in 1879 by Marcelino de Sautuola. Every bison is in profile. The curled bison may be dead. They seem to float.
Apr 16

Bison from Altamira cave in Santande, Spain.

12,000 BCE.

This famous cave was found in 1879 by Marcelino de Sautuola. Every bison is in profile. The curled bison may be dead. They seem to float.

Hall of bulls, Lascaux cave, France
15,000 BCE.
The differences of style and technique in these bulls suggests that they were painted at different times.
Apr 16

Hall of bulls, Lascaux cave, France

15,000 BCE.

The differences of style and technique in these bulls suggests that they were painted at different times.

Wounded man and disembodied bison, Lascaux Caves
15,000 BCE.
The man is in far less detail than the bison. Is a narrative. Notice the bird on the stick; no one is sure what is truly depicted with this but we can all agree on its awesomeness.
Apr 16

Wounded man and disembodied bison, Lascaux Caves

15,000 BCE.

The man is in far less detail than the bison. Is a narrative. Notice the bird on the stick; no one is sure what is truly depicted with this but we can all agree on its awesomeness.

Great Stone Tower in Jericho, 8000 BCE
Jericho= plateau in Jordan River Valley. This neolithic town was advanced in agriculture. This stone wall was built for protection. 28ft tall.  
Apr 16

Great Stone Tower in Jericho, 8000 BCE

Jericho= plateau in Jordan River Valley. This neolithic town was advanced in agriculture. This stone wall was built for protection. 28ft tall.  

Landscape with Volcanic Eruption, Catal Hoyuk Turkey
6150 BCE.
Thought to be the first landscape. Neolithic.
Apr 16

Landscape with Volcanic Eruption, Catal Hoyuk Turkey

6150 BCE.

Thought to be the first landscape. Neolithic.

Stonehenge, Wiltshire, England
16,000 BCE.
Megaliths: individual stones. Cromlech: circle of stones.
Built in several stages. Astronomical observatory, accurate solar calendar. Neolithic.
Apr 16

Stonehenge, Wiltshire, England

16,000 BCE.

Megaliths: individual stones. Cromlech: circle of stones.

Built in several stages. Astronomical observatory, accurate solar calendar. Neolithic.

Statuettes of Two Worshippers from Square Temple, Iraq
27,000 BC.
These figures are in prayer wide eyes to stay focused. Are found in Sumerian “waiting room” (are waiting for divinity). Very stylized, and cyindrical.
Apr 16

Statuettes of Two Worshippers from Square Temple, Iraq

27,000 BC.

These figures are in prayer wide eyes to stay focused. Are found in Sumerian “waiting room” (are waiting for divinity). Very stylized, and cyindrical.

War Side and Peace Side of Standard of Ur, Iraq
2600 BCE.
The kings head breaks through the registers boarder (hierarchical scale). Historical narrative.
Apr 16

War Side and Peace Side of Standard of Ur, Iraq

2600 BCE.

The kings head breaks through the registers boarder (hierarchical scale). Historical narrative.