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|Description ||Amid the British Museum's great treasures - huge carvings from Egypt, Mesopotamia, Easter Island and the Americas - these are my personal favourites. Exquisite carvings of reindeer on Palaeolithic "batons" from France. Such technical brilliance and sureness of line reveals the hand of a true artist. The best website for cave paintings and sculpture is
|Yea I agree - It is in the quality of prehistoric art that I, and I'm sure you do as well, really come to understand their thinking and how they saw their world. It is humbling to realise that these people were as sophisticated as we are. They were no "primitive" race of people. Their artwork is still amongst the best there is.|
|Between 15 and 30,000 years old and for magic and ritual rather than for decoration, Palaeolithic art is astonishingly accurate and vivid. Massive, lively and detailed pictures painted in the most remote and narrow caves by the flickering light of animal fat lamps; running animals carved on bone or incredibly hard antler with flint; female figures carved in limestone and ivory. These artists were the hunter/gatherers that we consider primitive and inferior to the much later Neolithic farmers. What happened to their art - why did it deteriorate? Because Neolithic people were too busy growing crops and had no time for art? Only with the rise of the first cities and the division of labour did the climate for art improve.|
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