Since the dawn of time, humans have felt the need to create images or effigies in the material world. The most ancient surviving examples are around 13,000 years old and were quite recently unearthed at Gobekli Tepe, thought to be the first monumental building, in south-eastern Turkey.
It is useful to think about why we do this. Before we could read or write, before the emergence of technology or pottery, our ancestors were moved to create something on the material plane using materials of the Earth to focus their attention on. Protection from the unknown? Celebration of the invisible? Markers to send messages into the sky?
We can make a beautiful image or effigy as an outward signal, or as a representation of something inside. We can create an image for ourselves or for others. Our motivation to do this may come from a profound…
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