(40,000 - 500 B.C.E.)
CONTENT: What do you see?
FORM: The details (what you see more exactly). How the artist delivers the content.
CONTEXT: Everything NOT observable.
FUNCTION: The intended purpose of the work.
UNIT Sheet: below
1. Apollo 11 stones
2. Great Hall of the Bulls
3. Camelid sacrum in the shape of a canine
4. Running Horned Woman
5. Beaker with Ibex motifs
6. Anthropomorphic stele
7. Jade cong
9. The Ambum stone
10. Tlatilco female figurine
11. Terra cotta fragment
Venus of Willendorf
APAH 250 Images:
Ritual and symbolic works might have encouraged the availability of food sources. The first art-making was associated with activities of food production (hunting, agriculture, etc.), showing status, and burial.
Artifacts show human's awareness of fundamental, stable situations/experiences/incidents from astrological events to manipulation of materials available.
Art production was used to connect and influence the natural world to human needs - sustaining life, and fertility.
Animal images and female figuresseem to be connected to shamanistic rituals.
Due to the absence of written records and other contextual information, there is a lack of certainty regarding prehistoric artifacts. Multiple interpretations are presented due to archaeological and ethnographic (study of human cultures) approaches of function and meaning of the works of art.