14 April 2012
Natural mammoth-shaped boulder in Ohio was modified to include a human face mask as similarly identified by Luigi Ciapparoli at Piacenza, Italy
Licking County, Ohio
Boulder with natural mammoth-like trunk curve and mammoth head bump in profile on right side. Patina on left rear of stone indicates a worked, fresher surface, demonstrating the known paleoart face mask motif of "one eye open, one eye closed," often in a moaning or distressed-looking expression as seen here. (click photos to expand)
Luigi Ciapparoli has identified similar works at Piacenza, Italy, and has prepared a Flickr slide show of his finds and interpretations.
The Ohio face mask boulder as discovered by Ken Johnston while driving in Licking County, Ohio, near Buckeye Lake. The face is seen from the side at far left at the back part of the boulder