THE ART OF THE ICE AGE - EXPLORING THE DEEPER HISTORY OF ART
ICE AGE SCULPTURE: TAN-TAN
Tan-Tan: The oldest known human representation?
Acheulian 500,000-300,000 years old
The overall shape of this little quartzite pebble resembles a human figure but is entirely natural and unmodified by human action. Found near stone tools, it is possible that the pebble was simply collected and kept by someone who noticed its human shape. Examination under a microscope suggests this shape may have been emphasised by deliberate alteration of the natural grooves which run across the body. Is this a work of art or a curio?
Tan-Tan open site in ancient river deposits of the river Draa, Morocco.