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THE HUMAN TWO-FACED HEAD IN MONOLITHIC PALEOLITHIC SCULPTURE (MENHIRS)



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Fig. 5.29) Two-faced anthropomorphic lithic sculpture (Menhir). It represents two human heads joined for the nape. In this sculpture of great dimensions, clearly is looked at that the stylistic deformation (extremely elegant), intentionally excludes the particular of the face, that is eyes, nose, mouth, that, if the man would intentionally make it, he was able to make, as he was able to process a harmonious shape.
The head (on the left) represents a Sapiens sapiens, and the head (on the right) a Sapiens neanderthalensis; however, this Neanderthalian with " fat " face, remains one of the many unsolved problems.
Size: height mt. 3.5 approximately.
Place:Carnac, Bretagne, France.
Material culture:Mousterian or upper Paleolithic.

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Fig. 5.37) Two-faced anthropomorphic lithic sculpture (Menhir). To the profane eye it seems a menhir semipulled down, to the contrary is a sculpture of the same type of that of Palo (Fig. 5,36), of which it has in common all the characteristics.
Size: mt. 1.80 approximately.
Collocation: Carnac, Britain, France.
Artistic-religious harroyan Civilization.
Material culture: Mousterian or upper Paleolithic.


Collocation: Carnac, Britain, France.
Material culture: Mousterian or upper Paleolithic.

Fig. 14,1) Human two-faced anthropomorphic paleolithic sculpture (Menhir). This great sculpture is present in this website at Fig.4,39. It is interpreted by P.Gaietto like a head with neck, look up.
The same sculpture photographed from the opposite part by Elisabeth Neumann-Gundrum (1981) (see bibliography) is interpreted by P.Gaietto like two-faced, while E.Neumann-Gundrum interprets it like a head with neck, but with two overlapping eyes. (many eyes are frequent in protohistoric and historic art).
In the drawing by P.Gaietto is given the second interpretation.
With this sculpture we have three different interpretations to verify.
Size: tall beyond 4 meters.
Placement: Kermario, Carnac, Morbihan, Britain, France.
Material culture: Mousterian or upper Paleolithic. (Note: see in the site others two monolithic two-faced anthropomorphic paleolithic sculptures , see Figg. 5,29 and 5,37)


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