21 December 2011

"Mother cradling child" from the Old Acheulean art collection of Jan van Es, Roermond, The Netherlands

"Mother cradling child" from the Old Acheulean art collection of Jan van Es, Roermond, The Netherlands


Quasi-anthropomorphic images in stone such as this may be depictions of very physically robust formed early humans with what look like ape-like features to us today.  This was likely a naturally suggestive piece of rock material recognized in the Low Paleolithic and appears to have some modifications to bring the final imagery to life.  It is a moving piece, suspected to be hundreds of thousands of years old and perhaps the earliest known depiction of a mother nurturing a child.  The mother figure recognized as source and sustainer of life in the language and permanence of stone.

-kbj

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