Denisovan Ancestry in East Eurasian and Native American Populations
27 December 2013
Mousterian iconographic art lurks unrecognized within objects Archaeology has interpreted exclusively as tools
"Face mask hand axe"
From Verberie, OISE (60north, Paris France), 11 x 6 cm--4.2 x 2.3 in.
ca. 300,000 to 40,000 BP
This French Mousterian hand axe has been worked to incorporate imagery of the "one eye open, other eye closed or missing" motif on this side and a subtle human facial profile on the obverse side. An inclusion in the stone serves as the right "eye" and the maker of the hand axe has retained a part of the stone's cortex as the left "eye" and the "nose." The result is a "face mask hand axe."
Side 2 may also have a "face mask" representation