16 December 2016

Several mammoths and humans combined on sculpted plaquette found in Missouri Ice Age portable rock art context

'Mammoth profile facing left with human face on its posterior facing right'
Stacy Dodd and Rod Weber find, The Old Route 66 Zoo Site, #23JP1222, near Joplin, Missouri

Human face profile sculpted on the mammoth's posterior


The intentionality of a mammoth figure here is evidenced by the manufacture of an 'eye' divot in an artistically correct position for the animal's eye.

When the mammoth form is rotated 180 degrees a human-like face is seen in profile looking to the right

There is a second smaller human face profile worked into the forehead of the larger face figure. Click photo to expand view. The top part of the stone above the two circled faces may be interpreted as a mammoth form cresting the stacked human faces.

When the figure is rotated 90 degrees left it presents another human face profile looking left with eye, nose and lips details.

In the illustration the black outline highlights another mammoth form which is sharing or cresting the forehead of the human face figuration. The smaller face which was circled in the prior image is on this smaller mammoth's posterior back looking skyward as illustrated by the black arrow near its eye.

Human face profile looking left with mammoth form cresting its forehead, worked on the base edge of a mammoth shaped figure stone.

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