THE ART OF THE ICE AGE - EXPLORING THE DEEPER HISTORY OF ART
ICE AGE SCULPTURE: BEREKHAT RAM
Berekhat Ram: Oldest known representation of a woman?
Acheulian 250,000-280,000 years old
This tiny piece of volcanic scoria, reddened by heat and incorporating specks of charcoal does not immediately resemble a figurine. Largely natural it is the groove around the neck and others on the sides which have been shown to be deliberate modifications absent from other scoria found in the area. The grooves accentuate the natural shape to suggest a human form which has been drawn as female. Does it represent curiosity or artistry on the part of the handaxe makers of Berekhat Ram?