"The Negroid"

BALZI ROSSI

The so-called “Negroid” (green steatite; height 2.5 cm, width 1.4 cm) has a protruding little head with some cursory details (eyes, mouth) that point to human morphology, while the absence of the nose, the exaggerated projection of the mandible and the disproportionate size of the head might allude to a “monstrous” face.
The execution is especially accurate in the sanding of certain parts.

Subject

Naturalistico umano

Category

Mobiliare

Raw material

Stone

Technique

Sculpture

Layer

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Chronology

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Item code

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Relative chronology
Gravettian

Gravettian culture (30-20 thousand years ago) was also characterised by a homogenous physiognomy, along the same lines as the Aurignacian. Patterns of settlement differed according to variations in the geographical areas and landscapes, naturally influencing hunting strategies, lithic productions and symbolic features (art, burials, ornamentations etc.). The homogeneity of this culture is remarkable. There were instances of regional originality, but this takes nothing away from the overall uniformity of the European Gravettian.

Gallery
Bibliography
GRAZIOSI P., 1973b, L’arte preistorica in Italia, Sansoni, Firenze.
MARTINI F., 2016, L'arte paleolitica e mesolitica in Italia, Millenni. Studi di archeologia preistorica, 12, Firenze.
MUSSI M., BOLDUC P., CINQ-MARS J., 2004, Le 15 figurine paleolitiche scoperte da Louis Alexandre Jullien ai Balzi Rossi, Origini, XXVI, pp. 7-64.

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