Museum of the Origins of Man


Fig. 32A3) Wave of warriors (drawing of the painting).
Size:? The painted animal of greater dimensions is a Taurus, that it catches up mt. 1,10. The men are much smaller, some are high only from 2 to 3 centimeters.
Technique of working: painting. Red color
These images are not photographed, but drawinged, in how much the paintings are much deturped.
Localization: Cueva of the Val of the Charco of the Agua Amarga, Spain.
NOTE: Always has been believed that these Spanish mesolithic paintings derived from the paleolithic francs-cantabric paintings, that is from a more ancient artistic-religious civilization , but this is not sure. Therefore if this derivation will not be demonstrated, with a local birth in Spain, it is much probable that people that have produced this art come from Africa.

Fig.F42) Women in a dance step.
About 4 inches tall, black color.
Cueva de la Saltadora, Valtorta Gorge, Spain.
Dating: 8,000 to 5,000 years BC.
Two-dimensional paintings probably belong to a civilization that arrived from Africa, but with habits still close to the Paleolithic. That type of representation has been named "Art of the Spanish Levant", and attributed to the Mesolithic, but it seems to be the product of a less developed civilization as compared with the Middle East where the Neolithic already existed and produced ceramic artifacts. The image is very beautiful. Since breasts are not visible and the heads are covered by something like hooded masks, it may portray three masked men. Female representations in fact, were always with breasts since the period when they started to be made.

Fig. F43) Painting of a group of masked Bantu armed with spears that attack the Bushmen.
Art of the Bushmen.
Buschman's Hoek, district of Streksoom, Prov. of Cape (South Africa)(from G.W. Stow e D. F. Bleek, 1930).
Note the deformation style of human figures and the increased efficiency of movement of the rush to battle.

Fig. F44) Painting on elk skin about scenes of hunting bison, with tents and dance scene.
Indians of the prairies of North America.
(from Indian Art of the U.S.).
Note the large movement of animals that are depicted with more accurate images that human beings.

Fig. F45)Engraving on tile (mould).
It represents salt miners working in the quarry and hunters who are chasing the game with crossbows.
Note that all the human figures have a significant movement.
Szechwan Province (China).
Age: about 1800 years.
Han dynasty.

Fig. F46) Depiction of men painted on a lacquer chest (detail).
Note the depiction of movement, the expression of the faces and the descriptions of the behavior of these Chinese officials.
In eastern two-dimensional art, for the movement of the images along the accuracy of the drawing there is a two-dimensional European superiority about at the same era.
Chinese Art. Age about 1900 years.
Museum of Seoul.




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