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Human Form in Art
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I. Ancient Near Eastern Art – II. Greco-Roman Art – III. Christian Art

I. Ancient Near Eastern Art

The earliest datable representations of animals in ancient Near Eastern art stem from the Mesolithic Period, and the oldest representations of the human form from the Neolithic Period (reworked male skulls or imitations of the same, cf. Kenyon; stylized or three-dimensional figurines of sitting, corpulent women). Anthropomorphic (Anthropomorphism) deities are usually…

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Schroer, Silvia, Andreae, Bernard, Koch, Guntram and Apostolos-Cappadona, Diane, “Human Form in Art”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 13 May 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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