Nasher hosts “First Sculpture: Handaxe to Figure Stone”

The Makapansgat Pebble; University of the Witwatersrand’s Evolutionary Studies Institute; 20 September 2017 – Photo by Brett Eloff.

First Sculpture: Handaxe to Figure Stone

January 27, 2018 – April 28, 2018

First Sculpture: Handaxe to Figure Stone is the first museum exhibition to present ancient handaxes and figure stones as works of art. Traditionally understood as the longest-used tool in human history, with examples dating back more than 2 million years, some handaxes are equally fascinating for their non-utilitarian, aesthetic qualities.

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Neanderthal handaxe Le-Moustier Musee-de-Prehistoire-Sauveboeuf




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