22 July 2013

Pedra Furada, Brasil, sites have another American example of similar iconography to that claimed as Europe's oldest known cave art from ca. 37,000 years before present

Ken Johnston find, Buckeye Lake, Ohio, interpreted as a vulva representation in 2 pigments on a pebble

This pebble has an oval in yellow pigment (yellow ocher?) with a red marking (red ocher?) inside the oval. The yellow and red pigmentation was striking in the field of otherwise drab stones which appeared to be related to a former cultural site, like an encampment. It was found within a few feet of another rock seemingly depicting two male erections and soon to be seen on this blog. This kind of motif is also demonstrated by R. Dale Guthrie as recurrent throughout palaeoart and as being representative of female genetalia based on it being found in context of female body representations.

 R. Dale Guthrie illustration of vulvae representations, page 174, The Nature of Paleolithic Art


From Pedra Furada sites, Brazil. An icon Ken Johnston interpreted as a vulvar representation similar to the one at Abri Castanet, France, is seen highlighted in the black box. I highlight other vulvar representations with black arrows. These vulvar representation with arrows are ovate and triangular,

Pedra Furada rock art engraving image extracted from photo above

Abri Castanet, France, engraving, understood to be Europe's oldest known cave art, ca. 37,000 years before present


North American cave art may demonstrate similar icons to those found in France and Brazil. Miller Cave, Missouri, 23PU2, image from the Smithsonian Institution

It seems Europe, North America and South America have examples of this similar iconography which may represent female genitalia. This implies a connectedness of the peoples or art traditions which includes three continents and maybe more.

-kbj

1 comment:

  1. Hi Ken ,
    Great Post.... When I zoom in I see something beautiful facing left.

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