A masterpiece of late Stone Age art, this terracotta sculpture, known as The Thinker (“Ganditorul”), was unearthed in 1956 during archeological excavations of Neolithic settlement and burial debris in the lower Danube region, near Cernavoda in Romania. Created during the Hamangia culture, it is believed to be the oldest known prehistoric sculpture that reflects human introspection. (c.5,000 BCE)

late Stone Age art, this terracotta sculpture, known as The Thinker (“Ganditorul”), was unearthed in 1956 in the lower Danube region, near Cernavoda in Romania. it is believed to be the oldest known prehistoric sculpture that reflects human introspection.

Mummy Case, Egypt, Roman Period, Early 2nd century “Mummy of a Greek youth, aged 19-21, named Artemidorus in a cartonnage body-case with mythological decoration in gold leaf and an encaustic on limewood portrait-panel covering the face and inscription on the chest. There is an inscription in Greek on the mummy-case.” The British Museum

Mummy Case, Egypt, Roman Period, Early century “Mummy of a Greek youth, aged…

Vogelhert Cave -- 35,000 Year-Old Mammoth Figurine -- Length: 37 mm; Weight: 7.5 grams -- Carved from mammoth ivory, this figurine is one of the oldest know pieces of individual artwork in the archaeological record. Click through for the article in its entirety.

Vogelherd Cave, Vogelherdhöhlen - Year-Old Mammoth Figurine -- Length: 37 mm; Weight: grams -- Carved from mammoth ivory, this figurine is one of the oldest know pieces of individual artwork in the archaeological record.

Roman Grave Relief - In Karacabey District, Bursa (Turkey) two grave reliefs and 25 copper and bronze coins, all of which were prepared for sale, belong to the Roman period, were seized - 28 November 2016.

Roman Grave Relief - In Karacabey District, Bursa (Turkey) two grave reliefs and 25 copper and bronze coins, all of which were prepared for sale, belong to the Roman period, were seized - 28 November 2016

Iran. Luristan bronze figurine of a female, ca 1000-650 BC.

Female Figure Western Iran, Iron Age II-III, about B. Sculpture Bronze, cast 10 x 3 in.

Iran, 9th century

heracliteanfire: Bowl of red earthenware with decoration incised through a white slip and covered with a clear glaze. Iran, (via Victoria Albert Museum)

Corinth, 5th century B.C. Many examples of such small jointed figurines have been found in tombs, sanctuaries, and terracotta factories. Their attire—a cylindrical polos (headdress) and a short tunic and shoes—seems to indicate that they are ritual dancers.

Terracotta figurine with articulated arms and legs [Greek, Corinthian], early century BC. The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Mummy portrait of a man, Fayum, Roman Egypt. Artist unknown; 2nd or 3rd cent. CE. Now in the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen.

lionofchaeronea: “ Mummy portrait of a man from the Fayum, Roman Egypt. or cent. Now in the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen.

Hand-Shaped Stamp Mexico, Puebla, Las Bocas, Olmec, 1000-600 B.C. Slip-painted ceramic LACMA

Hand-Shaped Stamp Mexico, Puebla, Las Bocas, Olmec, 1000-600 B.C. Slip-painted ceramic LACMA

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