22 May 2014

Arkfeld site "baby mammoth" interpretation is supported by human face masks also incorporated into the sculpture

"Baby mammoth" sculpture identified by Adam Arkfeld, Arkfeld site, #44FK732, Clear Brook, Virginia 

The mammoth is seen in black with trunk directed to the right. Stone is approximately 10cm length. The overall shape of the stone may represent the head of another animal, perhaps a bear.

Angie Bean pencil sketch  "The Baby Mammoth"

Ken Johnston interprets two human face mask figures incorporated into the posterior of the mammoth, in line with a motif well described by archaeologist Jan van Es, of Roermond, The Netherlands. Regarding another sculpture seen on this blog, van Es writes "In many sculptures of animals (bear, elephant, bison, etc..) is a portrait by the legs visible. Here I see a man's face by the hind legs."

The mask circled on the left is in the "one eye open, other eye shut or missing" motif where the mammoth's rear leg may be seen as "blacking out" the left eye of the mask as if wearing an eye patch or the like.

The mask circled on the right is a smaller relatively "happy face" nested between the mammoth's front and rear legs as this piece presents a Stone Age version of the popularized masks of tragedy and comedy. Perhaps this captures the broad range of human emotion associated with these magnificent animals.

Another mammoth portable rock art form along with Angie Bean's pencil sketch of it.


close up of Arkfeld "Baby Mammoth"

"Lyuba" the world's best preserved baby mammoth, photo by BBC News

1 comment:

  1. Ken, I am a regular follower on your site and I am thrilled to know that someone out there is not afraid to post this long suppressed rock art that has so readily been dismissed by the Establishment. I was amazed today to find the two human faces in the baby mammoth, they are undeniable - I missed them at first glance. I read recently that, "the world's largest and most technologically advanced museum is also one of the world's best-kept secrets. It houses more pieces than the Hermitage, the Vatican Museum, and the New York Metropolitan…combined. Yet despite its magnificent collection, few members of the public are ever invited inside its heavily guarded walls." The Smithsonian Institution, despite having more than a dozen massive museums in DC, allows a visitor only a faction of a viewing - maybe 2% - of what has been collected. Where is it all stored, and why is it guarded so heavily?
    "To live in the world without becoming aware of the meaning of the world is like wandering about in a great library without touching the books." ~ Dan Brown
    Thank you for not leaving any stone unturned, and continuing to explore what others have dismissed. ~ DeAnna

    May 22, 2014 at 8:45 PM

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