Paleolithic Art Essay

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Paleolithic Art

Paleolithic art, dating back to the late Paleolithic period 40,000-10,000 B.C. (the Stone Age), is one of the most beautiful, natural periods of cave art and clay sculptures. Created by Nomadic hunters and gatherers with ivory, wood, and bone, these figures were thought to be symbolic and have some magical or ritual relevance. Figures and drawings have been found in all parts of the world dating back to the Cro-Magnon man as late as 60,000 years ago.

There are two different periods of overlapping periods. The first, dating between 14,000-13,500 B.C., is the Aurignacio-Perigordian. This period included the contents of the Lauscaux cave paintings, the many sculptures at Laussel, and the voluptuous feminine figures
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The figurative side of art deals with depicting animals and humans. It is found more commonly than non-figurative. Cave art, such as paintings, engravings, and objects that consist of bison, fish, deer, and even some imaginary animals. Many of the numerous images are drawn incompletely. Some are layered on top of one another. Human drawings are less commonly found in this type of category.

The second, non-figurative art, deals with depicted symbols and signs. They are more common in cave areas. The structural symbols can be complex, ranging from dots to linear markings, or simple in form, such as handprints (Versaware, 1). When first discovered, cave art wasn’t believed to have held any particular meaning, only for decoration purposes. After scientists discovered many of the same symbols and drawings in different areas, it was studied and found to have some underlying meaning (Mulder-Slater, 1). Because of the developed ideas, many scientists began to develop theories to explain such.

The first theory, stated in the early 20th Century, concluded that the Stone Age drew pictures of animals for the purpose of affecting real animals in some way (Encarta, 2). Ritual destruction was used to explain the broken cave figures and was used as a datable theory (Versaware, 1), (Mulder-Slater, 1). Few figurative figurines, animals and humans, have weapons drawn on them, which is inconclusive of the original ritual paintings. The bones of different animals, than

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