Sample Art Paper on Non-Western Art History

Non-Western Art History

According to iconography, data and locations, The Makapansgat, a Pebble of Many Faces dates back to ca. 3,000,000 BCE while Cupule and Meander Petroglyph dates back to more than 290,000 BCE. Consequently, the former art was discovered in Limpopo, South Africa by a teacher in 1925 and was first described in 1974, and weighs around 260 grams while the latter forms one of the oldest prehistoric arts and a series of petroglyphs discovered around the 1990s in India.

Based on compositing and use of space, The Makapansgat, a Pebble of Many Faces possess natural chipping that wear patterns that looks like crude representation of human face. On the other hand, Cupule and Meander Petroglyph represents a hemispherical cup shaped depression engraved on the rock surface within the caves. According to culture, The Makapansgat represents a hominid culture and even the though, the work is not artistic, australopithecine might have recognized it as a symbolic face in regards to its aesthetic value representing heritage and thinking (McDonald and Veth, 2012). On the same note, Cupule and Meander Petroglyph represents and pre-dates the Acheulean culture of the lower Paleolithic era.

However, both arts share the materials of composition; they are both from pebble stones and are not artificial because no artist is acknowledged for their compositions. Despite these, artistically, the artworks have rough texture perhaps due to the natural environment and forces that influenced their formation. Further, they both share the brown color that effectively brings into perspectives the furrows that gives the artworks identities. The first art takes the form of a human face while the second one takes there form of a depression culminating into a rough texture.



McDonald, J., and Veth, P. M. (2012). A companion to rock art. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.