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Figure Stones - Prehistoric Art of the Paleolithic

Here are a selection of recent prehistoric art finds, all are worked flint stones, and one has a very plausible tool usage, although not a tool that I know to have been recognized in other stone age tool assemblages. I label these finds as paleolithic as they show figurative depictions of creatures that were only have believed to have lived locally in the paleolithic age or older.

 Not an unusual face depiction to find in figure stones or portable rock art, however, this one has a clever anamorphic illusion effect, very rarely demonstrated in collections outside my own, if ever. Despite the right facing profile, a possible blue tit like bird depiction can be seen inset, the reason I suggest blue tit is that it would match other more convincing depictions of the same subject I have in other finds.

 The video demonstrates the anamorphic illusion, the still above demonstrates the intricate detail put in to sculpting the eye shape.

The next two finds represent some of the easiest portable rock art to find and recognize, the thumb motif, just like flint arrow heads, these have a very distinctive shape and usage. If you want to prove your figure stone collection has validity, find these among your assemblage, they can be found almost globally, and this icon was used over vast time periods.

 This next find I suggest has a physical tooling usage, but also holds some common symbolic convention and iconography. As a tool it could be very effective at levering bark from a tree. Symbolically elephant head, with pigment eye feature, gorilla strut (head and arm)  and phallus, but from an angle not shown. Look out for the sauropod or plesiosaurs like depiction which is also present in the second photo.

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Figure Stones - Prehistoric Art of the Paleolithic


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