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Sculpture Over the Course of Prehistory

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Sculpture Over the Course of Prehistory

The origins of sculpture date back to prehistoric times. During the Paleolithic, man began to carve stone to create various practical objects. Concerned more about subsistence, he did not yet sculpt out of pure pleasure or the search for aestheticism.

Man soon created small representations of animals or women, as we today suppose, in order to favor hunting or fertility. He equally engraved reliefs on the walls of caves, or on his weapons.

During the Neolithic, man began to polish stone, making better tools and ceramic objects. Bowls, vases and jars made from such material are, moreover, among the most important artistic manifestations of the era.

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