Skip to comments.Is this the world's oldest statue? [Anatolia, Gobekli Tepe]
Posted on 11/26/2007 9:01:06 AM PST by SunkenCiv
The statue turned out to be part of a larger discovery: of a Neolithic temple. This and the statue have now been dated to 10,000BC, making the 'Snowman' possibly the oldest statue in the world. The veracity of this claim depends on semantics. What is a 'statue'? The Venus of Willendorf dates back to 20,000BC. But the Venus is just 11cm long: surely not a statue. So the Balikli Gol Snowman is the first sizeable sculpture of a man. Arguably, it is the oldest sculptural representation of humanity, the oldest self-portrait in stone. In the accepted sense of the word, that makes him the oldest known statue. You'd think the Balikli Gol statue would be famous. Yet it is scarcely known... One reason is the venom of local politics... But maybe the Snowman lacks friends for another reason: because he is such an unsettling presence. His lonely, obsidian eyes dominate the gallery where he stands; his wistful gaze speaks of a weird and agonising regret. After a few minutes with him, I make quickly for the exit; and when I reach the sunny street, I find I am sighing with relief.
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Did we plough up the Garden of Eden?
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So THAT’S where Frosty came from!!
That’s a creepy-looking statue.
Probably a cult statue. Fascinating the stuff that came and went thousands of years before anyone wrote it down...
The only ancient inscriptions which survive are on durable media, so...
I got a Mellaart title from the library (published in 1965) in order to scan a photo of this artifact. It's a plte, presumably used to serve or eat food, not too bad lookin', and in good condition for 7000 years old.reprised from here
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You’d think I’d notice that I’d misspelled a word before posting it again...
“plte” s/b “plate”
‘Lump of rock’ turns out to be world’s first sculpture
By David Keys, Archaeology Correspondent
24 September 2000
(220,000 years old)
speaking of art:
I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
Half sunk, a shatter’d visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamp’d on these lifeless things,
The hand that mock’d them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!”
Nothing beside remains: round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away
That was such a good flick.
Venus of Willendorf c. 24,000-22,000 BCE Oolitic limestone 43/8 inches (11.1 cm) high
alas, a dead link.
“Forbidden, You don’t have permission to access /willendorf/images/willendorfa.jpg on this server. Apache/2.0.48 (Unix) mod_ssl/2.0.48 OpenSSL/0.9.7e DAV/2 PHP/5.1.2 Server at witcombe.sbc.edu Port 80”
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