The Art and Religion of Fossil Man

The Art and Religion of Fossil Man

The Art and Religion of Fossil Man

The Art and Religion of Fossil Man

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Art, religion, fossil man--each in itself is a subject of absorbing interest to an ever widening circle of readers. A philosophic treatment of all three combined in a single small volume has much that should commend it to the serious-minded student. The first manifestations of art worthy of the name were coincident with the stage of cultural evolution known as the Aurignacian. Credit for this forward step is due to the race known as Cro-Magnon, dominant in parts of Europe, Asia, and Africa some thirty thousand years ago. Religion in its primeval form probably antedated art. However that may be, as early as Aurignacian times, art became the handmaid of religion and has remained so even down to the present time.

The author admits that our knowledge of the field he has attempted to cover is still fragmentary, but enough exists to make possible a basis for drawing at least tentative conclusions. The science of prehistory was born just one hundred years ago. Very soon after its birth, the first discovery of cave art was made (1833) although its great age and real significance were not even suspected until thirty years later. For the past seventy years the record of fossil man's handiwork in the realm of art has been unfolding and the end is not yet. Every year new discoveries are being made furnishing evidence. of new phases and an ever widening area of cave art's distribution. The same type of human female figurine is now known to occur from western France, across Germany, Italy, Austria, Czechoslovakia, southern Russia, and as far east as Irkutsk in Siberia.

The author, Dr. Luquet, was born in 1876, and is at . . .

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