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I do not expect a special interest in this picture but I want to show it anyway. I have seen some prehistoric painting in the caves in Altamira or the island of Levanzo, but this is the sculpture, the oldest I have ever seen.
This bust with tits two fascinating faces is one of the oldest monumental statues in the history of humanity. Whether the pair of figures represent two ancestors or divinities, the statue reflects the beliefs that were held in the neolithic village of Ain Ghazal.

from Wikipedia: The Ain Ghazal Statues are a number of monumental lime plaster and reed statues dated to the Pre-Pottery Neolithic C period discovered in Jordan, at the site of Ayn Ghazal. A total of 15 statues and 15 busts were discovered in 1983 and 1985 in two underground caches, created about 200 years apart.

Dating to between the mid-7th millennium BC and the mid-8th millennium BC, the statues are among the earliest large-scale representations of the human form.

Although it is held that they represented the ancestors of those in the village, their purpose remains uncertain.

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