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SCULPTURE IN POST-PALEOLITHIC ABSTRACT AND GEOMETRIC OBELISCS



Fig. 20A1) Post-paleolithic monolithic abstract obeliscs.
This gigantic monolith, by some defined "obelisc", has been found broken in 4 pieces, and this demonstrates that it has been erected.
It probably has had an use in the cult rituals, like the obeliscs of the successive ages, published here in succession at 20A2, 20A3, 20A4, 20A5.
Menhirs are particularly numerous in France, more than 6000: of these, 4750 in Bretagne, 3450 of which in department of Morbihan. Their provenance goes back to Mousterian, and has crossed fashions and various religions, until historical times. These colossus, or at least many of these, in many European localities, are remained in the "pagan" cult until the complete christianization of Europe, that is until approximately 300 years ago.
Size: tall 20 meters, and beyond 300.000 kg.
Age: between Neolithic and the Age of the Metals.
Positioning: Locmariaquer, Morbihan, Bretagne, France.
Photo Licia Filingeri, 1976.

Fig. 20A2) Post-paleolithic monolithic abstract obelisc.
(Historical obeliscs are all geometric; they are not many; they are nearly all aegyptians; nearly all have been transported in Europe).
This obelisc does not have hyeroglyphs.
Size: tall mt. 25,5; we must add a base of mt.1,5.
Provenance: Eliopoli. Carried by roman Emperor Caligola at 37 A.D.
Current placing: Città del Vaticano, Roma, Italy.

Fig. 20A3) Abstract post-paleolithic monolithic obelisc.
Size: tall mt. 22,83, to which we must add a pedestal of mt. 2,5.
Weight: 227.000 kg.
Provenance: Luxor, Egypt.
Dating: 1304 - 1237 B.C. Ramses II
Carried in France in 800s.
Current placing: Paris, France.

Fig. 20A4) Post-paleolithic monolithic abstract obelisc.
Size: tall mt. 20,87; weight: 187.000 kg.
Material: red granite.
Provenance: Egypt.
Dating: 1504 - 1450 B.C., Thutmosis III.
Carried in England in the '800s.
Current placing: London, England.

Fig. 20A5) Abstract post-paleolithic monolithic obelisc.
Size: obvious from the hut at its side.
Positioning: Axum.
Cultural attribution: Ancient axumita Civilization.





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