World’s oldest figurative art -  painted 44,000 years ago

 
unsmoked
 
Avatar
 
 
unsmoked
Total Posts:  9258
Joined  20-02-2006
 
 
 
12 December 2019 11:05
 

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-03826-4

NEWS 11 DECEMBER 2019
Is this cave painting humanity’s oldest story?
Indonesian rock art dated to 44,000 years old seems to show mythological figures in a hunting scene.

World’s oldest non-figurative art ever discovered -  https://www.nature.com/news/homo-erectus-made-world-s-oldest-doodle-500-000-years-ago-1.16477

Homo erectus made world’s oldest doodle 500,000 years ago
Shell markings are the oldest abstract signs ever discovered.

World’s new non-figurative art -  1961 https://www.thebroad.org/art/cy-twombly/untitled-rome-0

Another new non-figurative work by Cy Twombly that sold for $69,000.00 -  https://www.christies.com/LotFinder/lot_details.aspx?intObjectID=5846075  (use mouse to enlarge)

That Homo erectus artist was on to something.  I’m imagining his shell at auction 500,000 years ago.  Starting bid?  Remember, no one had ever seen anything like it.

Q:  When did our ancestors begin to look at the patterns of natural objects?  When did they look at leaf patterns with interest . . . see ‘figures’ in birch bark, or moving animals (for example) in the embers of a campfire?

Neanderthal child pointing into coals: -  “Look, I see a dog running there!”

Sibling:  “No, it’s a fish.  See it swimming?”

https://www.shutterstock.com/image-vector/set-golden-leaves-skeletons-fallen-foliage-1150329392

https://depositphotos.com/150134596/stock-photo-black-stripes-pattern-of-birch.html

 

 

[ Edited: 12 December 2019 11:46 by unsmoked]
 
 
EN
 
Avatar
 
 
EN
Total Posts:  21959
Joined  11-03-2007
 
 
 
12 December 2019 11:46
 

Need to hang it in a Pre-History Museum and make it like the Mona Lisa.  Japanese tourists will line up to photograph it.

 
unsmoked
 
Avatar
 
 
unsmoked
Total Posts:  9258
Joined  20-02-2006
 
 
 
13 December 2019 10:31
 
EN - 12 December 2019 11:46 AM

Need to hang it in a Pre-History Museum and make it like the Mona Lisa.  Japanese tourists will line up to photograph it.

https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2016/11/the-japanese-museum-of-rocks-that-look-like-faces/

Thousands of years before we were Homo sapiens, when did our ancestors begin to see faces on stones or rock formations?  500,000 years ago did a Homo erectus hunter jump with fright, mistaking a driftwood branch for a serpent about to strike . . . and take it back to camp to show others?

Long before any image was painted in a cave, did our ancestors recognize animals or faces on birch bark?

Long before we were Homo sapiens, our hominid ancestors must have recognized faces, figures, animals in natural objects.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pareidolia

At this pareidolia site, scroll down to color image of dogs and click on it to see examples.

So who was the first hominid to hold a conch to their ear?  The first to produce a trumpet blast on an animal horn or kelp stem?  The first to mimic this and produce variable tones? The first to press a finger into clay to make eyes, nose, mouth?  Fashion?  (verb)  Who was the first to drape an animal hide over their shoulders, or wrap their feet for warmth or protection?  In short, was there ‘art’ appreciation long before there were artists?

[ Edited: 13 December 2019 10:40 by unsmoked]
 
 
icehorse
 
Avatar
 
 
icehorse
Total Posts:  8121
Joined  22-02-2014
 
 
 
15 December 2019 08:25
 

Since the earth is only 6000 years old, all of these stories must be false. wink