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Camelid sacrum in the shape of a canine

TITLE or DESIGNATION: Camelid sacrum in the shape of a canine, From Tequixquiac, Mexico

CULTURE or ART HISTORICAL PERIOD: Prehistoric Americas

DATE: 14,000-7,000 B.C.E.

MEDIUM: bone

This sculpture was found in Mexico and –fashioned from the sacrum (part of the pelvis bone) of an extinct species of llama- is the earliest recorded American work of art. (Neatly chipped flint instruments testify to man’s presence in America from about the thirtieth millennium.) The coyote head is a reminder of how fragmentary our knowledge of Paleolithic art is.

So perfectly is the form integrated with the medium that it is impossible to tell whether the bones were carefully selected in order to carve predetermined shapes or whether the animals were suggested by the natural formation of the bones.









Camelid Sacrum Bone


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