ROMAN AND MEDIEVAL ART.

PART I.--ROMAN ART.

CHAPTER I.
THE PREHISTORIC AGE.

THE earliest relics of man's existence in Europe are roughly chipped implements and weapons of flint and stone, of horn and bone, the latter frequently resembling those used by the modern Esquimaux and the former similar to those still used by absolutely savage races. Of a later date are other stone implements carefully finished and polished. There is a gap, or "hiatus," between the age of rough stone implements, the Palæolithic time, and the "age of polished stone," the Neolithic time.* The highly vigorous drawings of animals on bone or ivory which belong to the Palæolithic Age are not found in the later age of polished stone.

It is not within our knowledge to say that Europe was uninhabited in the intervening time but it does not appear that the race of the age of exclusively rough stone implements, whose artistic efforts were so singularly instinct with vitality, has anything to do with the later history of art in Europe. This race was apparently exterminated, supplanted, or succeeded, by the race which used the implements of polished stone, and it was this latter race

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It is to be explained that the manufacturing of unpolished stone implements was not abandoned in the age of polished stone, but this age is specified by its best and distinctive work and there was in it an improvement generally in the finish of all these implements.

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