24 September 2013

Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, natural bird form stones may have inspired the Stone Age artists to depict a symbolic bird/mammoth/human combination and a turkey head along with a "bird-Venus"

 

Bearded man head profile looking left where the man's beard is also a bird form with wing raised in flight. The tip of the man's "beard" is the tip of the bird's "beak."

The bird's "eye" also serves as the man's "mouth" in the depiction. 

The man's "nose and forehead" may be seen as a depiction of a mammoth front profile, with the tip of the man's "nose" also being the tip of the mammoth "trunk."

Bird and mammoth combined make up old man's left facial profile on top part of stone

A sculpture from the "Old Route 66 Zoo" site number 23JP1222, Missouri, has also been interpreted as having a human face depiction where the man's chin (beard) is also a bird. The anthropomorphic head profile is seen facing right in the first photo. When the sculpture is rotated 180 degrees, the "chin" or "beard" of the man is seen to depict a perched bird (photo at right above).

The find locations of the Arkansas and Missouri sculpture examples featured here are about 150 miles apart.

 Find by Jeff Vincent, Mammoth Spring, Arkansas. This piece is interpreted to depict a turkey head and a smaller bird below it. Photos by Jeff Vincent.

Illustration of interpreted forms. A turkey head at top and a smaller bird at bottom with human breasts including nipples. The little bird with breasts may be interpreted as a "bird-Venus" which has been described by figure stone researcher Alan Day.

-kbj

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