14 November 2013

Pecked face on handaxe places figurative art in the mind of Homo erectus, in addition to the geometric aesthetic which produced the classic amygdaloid-shaped artifacts

Pecked face on handaxe firmly places figurative art in the mind of Homo erectus, in addition to the geometric aesthetic which produced the classic amygdaloid shaped artifacts. Two other West African examples were presented last month on this blog.


The inverted Acheulean handaxe shape in the photo above left may be thought of as a symbolic womb with a possible representation of a human fetal-like form with oversized head as illustrated here.  


Acheulean, West Africa, Sahara desert patina, Orange jasper

length : 20,5 cm ( 8.44 inches)
width : 10 cm ( 3.93 inches)
thickness : 4.5 cm ( 1.77inches)

"Acheulean handaxe with pecked face figure"

The smiling face becomes a bit easier to see when the image size is scaled down.

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