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New finds of art objects from the Upper Palaeolithic site of Zaraysk, Russia

  • Hizri Amirkhanov (a1) and Sergey Lev (a1)

The new art objects from Zaraysk show an extraordinary repertoire of incised carving on mammoth ivory plaques and carving in the round, including representations of women and large mammals, and geometric decoration on bone utensils. The authors show that while belonging to the broad family of Upper Palaeolithic artists, the Zaraysk carvers produced forms particular to their region, some with magical associations.

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