The Pleistocene art of Asia

@article{Bednarik1994ThePA,
  title={The Pleistocene art of Asia},
  author={Robert G. Bednarik},
  journal={Journal of World Prehistory},
  year={1994},
  volume={8},
  pages={351-375}
}
  • R. Bednarik
  • Published 1 December 1994
  • Art
  • Journal of World Prehistory
While the Pleistocene art of Europe has been described, discussed, analyzed and “explained” in thousands of publications, that of Asia has attracted almost no interest at all. This paper is a brief summary of all known Ice Age art of Asia, both rock art and portable art. The current evidence is critically reviewed, region by region, and hundreds of specimens purported to be art are rejected by the author. Those considered to be authentic are often extremely isolated, in both time and space. It… 
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