Creature Emerging Egg-Like 

This motif is one of the most important and frequently appearing of several components of Primal Imagery that, in 2003, this author quickly identified in the Figure Stones.


Figure Stone from 33GU218 Archaeological Site

A face (right photo) emerging egg-like from a bird's posterior in a possible theme of regeneration.  Note also the straight incision marks, which are common but of unknown significance.  Laboratory tests performed on other stones like this (cross-sections and thin sections for microscopic examination) indicate that these marks are artificial.


Below:  Apparently the same motif, complete with mouth and eye, in a mammoth ivory bird carving from Hohle Fels, Germany, ca. 30,000 years BP.  (Length 47 mm, 1.85")


Figure Stone - Germany, Ursel Benekendorff Find

The egg-like emergence of a secondary figure is a theme appearing in ancient "portable rock art" in many parts of the world.   Above is a beautiful example in flint, in which the head of a small bird exits beneath the tail of the primary figure - from the collection of Ursel Benekendorff in northern Germany.


Figure Stone, Germany

A megalith in the same theme, near Bollendorf, Germany.  Photo from Frank Pries.


Figure Stone - Germany, Ursel Benekendorff Find

A flint "Venus" from Ursel Benekendorff's German collection, rather unusual in that instead of emerging from the belly, the creature exits from the posterior like an egg.

Figure Stone - Near Great Serpent Mound, Ohio

A quite exceptionally detailed and naturalistic example of the theme, here a quasi-human head emerging from the posterior of a bird, found by Alan Skelly near Ohio's Great Serpent Mound.  In turn, the head seems to incorporate the very common motif of another creature emerging from its mouth


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