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Prehistoric Art
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I. Origin and Extent

According to current data, the earliest art may have come into existence over 40,000 years ago, concurrent with the emergence of modern man. The idea of figurative art is considered an invention of homo sapiens in his primary land, most likely eastern Africa. Decay and erosion have destroyed early art objects made of organic materials such as bark…

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Anati, Emmanuel, “Prehistoric Art”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 August 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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