22 June 2011

Soft detail of lips, in correct placement, suggests artistic intent on angular rock from The Netherlands

Soft detail of lips, in correct placement, suggests artistic intent
on this angular rock.
Jan van Es collection, Netherlands
Archaeologist Jan van Es has been studying stone iconography from sites he has worked in The Netherlands for exactly forty years.  The artist's differential treatment, or recognition of differences in the natural stone, of the right and left eye areas may be an expression of the "one eye open, one eye closed/missing" motif described by James Harrod, Ph.D. in his "Four memes in the two million year evolution..." article (link found on right screen panel).  Other artifacts already posted in this blog may reflect this same motif.  A link to Jan van Es' web site is found at the bottom of the portablerockart.com page.

Alan Day of Cambridge, Ohio, has written an excellent article on facial recognition in lithic artifacts.  It may be found here:
http://daysknob.com/Face_Recognition.htm

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