ORIGINAL ART: IBEX OF SULAWESI – 34,000 B.C.E.
The images on Laura Rose’s hand-thrown pots on this page are drawn from ancient petroglyphs of Sulawesi. The images on these pots have been known about for may years, but they were thought to be about 10,000 years of age. In 2015, they were reexamined and to great surprise they were found to actually be 36,000 years old, as old as the oldest of all the European caves, Chauvet in France.
As with most ancient rock art, the sense of aliveness and motion is stunningly modern. They read like a stop-motion photograph rather than a portrait.
They were probably part of spiritual practice and ritual, perhaps as gods or mythic heroes, and newest thought connects them with the cycles of the moon and stars, possibly even the beginnings of astrology. The way nearly every human hand points to the head of the extinct pig-deer (babirusa) indicate a reverence for this animal and strengthens the idea that these images were drawn for spiritual purposes.
RAKU CAVE ART POTTERY FOR SALE by LAURA ROSE
- Raku is not for use with food or water and art is always best kept out of direct sunlight.
- The piece is designed to be complete as it is, but to use as a vase choose dried flowers or grasses, or insert a glass with water or small planter with an orchid.
- To purchase or commission a piece, contact the artist Laura Rose.
TITLE: Babirusa with Bouquet of Hands- (#PAIn23)
Drawn from Sulawesi, Indonesia, 34,000 B.C.E.
RAKU: Approximately 9″tall by 10″ across
Shipping included in contiguous U.S.