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Neolithic & Paleolithic Antiquities

Representing Earth's oldest human inhabitants, the Paleolithic and Neolithic cultures roamed the globe many millennia past. In addition to their landmark societal achievements, Paleolithic and Neolithic cultures also contributed some of the earliest art and artifacts ever documented, from the painted caves in Lascaux, France, to the construction of Stonehenge in England.

Our earliest human ancestors of the Paleolithic era survived based on their ingenuity, using the materials around them to fashion rudimentary tools and to build makeshift dwellings. Artifacts that survive from this period, such as finely honed arrowheads for weaponry, reflect this innovation. At the same time, these ancient objects reveal simultaneous novelty in art forms, such as carved ochre stones, like those found in South Africa's Blombos Caves, that were believed to be used as a form of paintbrush, or small carved votive figures, like the famous "Woman from Willendorf," discovered in Austria.

As human culture evolved, art developed as well into a wider array of approaches and fields. Ceramic pieces, for example, which emerged in the closing years of the Paleolithic era, blossomed in the Neolithic age into diverse traditions across the globe. These early explorations paved the way for centuries of artistic genius to come.


Quick Facts

  • The Paleolithic era, also known as the "Old Stone Age," is one of the longest in human history, ranging between the dates of 2,6000,000 B.C. and 15,000 B.C.
  • Most art objects and artifacts from the Paleolithic Age are smaller in scale in part as a reflection of their cultural habits. Paleolithic peoples were mostly nomadic, so reduced scale objects allowed for easy transportation
  • The key contributing factor to the arrival of the Neolithic era, or "New Stone Age," was transition toward communal living in response to the growing field of agriculture. Planted crops meant humans had to stay in one location, which encouraged the development of communities and, accordingly, increasingly advanced artistic practices

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Chinese Neolithic Pottery Storage Vessel
Oct 24, 12:00 PM EDT
Chinese Neolithic Pottery Storage Vessel
by Showplace
Est: $300- $500
$1002 Bids
Chinese Neolithic Pottery Kansu Vessel
Oct 24, 12:00 PM EDT
Chinese Neolithic Pottery Kansu Vessel
by Showplace
Est: $300- $500
$1001 Bid
Chinese Neolithic Pottery Storage Vessel
Oct 24, 12:00 PM EDT
Chinese Neolithic Pottery Storage Vessel
by Showplace
Est: $300- $500
$1001 Bid
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Neolithic terracotta figure, found in Caucasian Mountains, 4000 BC-6000 BC
Oct 24, 10:00 AM EDT
Neolithic terracotta figure, found in Caucasian Mountains, 4000 BC-6000 BC
by Eternity Gallery
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$2001 Bid
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Upper Paleolithic-Early Neolithic carved stone bear, ca 20,000-40,000 BC
Oct 24, 10:00 AM EDT
Upper Paleolithic-Early Neolithic carved stone bear, ca 20,000-40,000 BC
by Eternity Gallery
Est: $5,000- $20,000
$3001 Bid
A Neolithic basalt whetstone (blade sharpener), 14.8cm; an iron nail, 26cm
Oct 26, 10:30 AM BST
A Neolithic basalt whetstone (blade sharpener), 14.8cm; an iron nail, 26cm
by Roseberys
Est: £200- £300
£1400 Bids
Chinese Neolithic Period Liangzhu Jade Bi Disc
Nov 07, 12:00 PM EDT
Chinese Neolithic Period Liangzhu Jade Bi Disc
by Showplace
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$1,0000 Bids
Basalt Neolithic Celt
Oct 30, 9:00 AM CDT
Basalt Neolithic Celt
by Old Stuff For You
Est: $70- $100
$700 Bids
Dolomite Neolithic Celt
Oct 30, 9:00 AM CDT
Dolomite Neolithic Celt
by Old Stuff For You
Est: $35- $60
$350 Bids
25-Green Sahara Hunting Points (Neolithic Subpluvial) Authentic
Oct 30, 9:00 AM CDT
25-Green Sahara Hunting Points (Neolithic Subpluvial) Authentic
by Old Stuff For You
Est: $35- $45
$350 Bids
25-Green Sahara Hunting Points (Neolithic Subpluvial) Authentic
Oct 30, 9:00 AM CDT
25-Green Sahara Hunting Points (Neolithic Subpluvial) Authentic
by Old Stuff For You
Est: $35- $50
$350 Bids
Basalt Neolithic Celt
Oct 30, 9:00 AM CDT
Basalt Neolithic Celt
by Old Stuff For You
Est: $40- $80
$400 Bids
Basalt Neolithic Celt/Axhead
Oct 30, 9:00 AM CDT
Basalt Neolithic Celt/Axhead
by Old Stuff For You
Est: $30- $50
$300 Bids
25-Green Sahara Hunting Points (Neolithic Subpluvial) Authentic
Oct 30, 9:00 AM CDT
25-Green Sahara Hunting Points (Neolithic Subpluvial) Authentic
by Old Stuff For You
Est: $35- $50
$350 Bids
25-Green Sahara Hunting Points (Neolithic Subpluvial) Authentic
Oct 30, 9:00 AM CDT
25-Green Sahara Hunting Points (Neolithic Subpluvial) Authentic
by Old Stuff For You
Est: $35- $50
$350 Bids
25-Green Sahara Hunting Points (Neolithic Subpluvial) Authentic
Oct 30, 9:00 AM CDT
25-Green Sahara Hunting Points (Neolithic Subpluvial) Authentic
by Old Stuff For You
Est: $35- $50
$350 Bids
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Neolithic Vinča culture terracotta Venus with phallus shaped head, 5700-4500 BC.
Oct 24, 10:00 AM EDT
Neolithic Vinča culture terracotta Venus with phallus shaped head, 5700-4500 BC.
by Eternity Gallery
Est: $10,000- $20,000
$3000 Bids
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Multi-functional flint Neolithic or Paleolithic arrowhead point, 88 mm
Oct 24, 10:00 AM EDT
Multi-functional flint Neolithic or Paleolithic arrowhead point, 88 mm
by Eternity Gallery
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$1000 Bids
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Mesoamerican Neolithic carved stone Jaguar or Cougar/Puma
Oct 24, 10:00 AM EDT
Mesoamerican Neolithic carved stone Jaguar or Cougar/Puma
by Eternity Gallery
Est: $3,000- $6,000
$1600 Bids
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Huge 104 mm, Neolithic flint Arrowhead, found in Florida, USA
Oct 24, 10:00 AM EDT
Huge 104 mm, Neolithic flint Arrowhead, found in Florida, USA
by Eternity Gallery
Est: $5,000- $10,000
$2000 Bids

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