In the history of art, prehistoric art relates all the forms of art originated by prehistoric cultures. Prehistoric art refers to the Palaeolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic art forms which have not been recorded by history. These artworks provide a vital description of the origin of art and craft making.
Usually, these artworks consist of small objects and tool, as well as architectural units.
The earliest forms of prehistoric art are very primitive and almost unrecognizable. It is only in the late Palaeolithic period that people started representing recognisable carvings and pictures.
The prehistoric age which has more artistic forms is the Paleolithic. This period is usually divided into three eras; Lower Paleolithic, Middle Palaeolithic and Upper Paleolithic. After this three-phase comes the Mesolithic period and then the Neolithic era.
During the palaeolithic period different have been the tools adopted to create art, including stones and different organic materials such as wood, bones, ivory and antler. As well as this, in the palaeolithic era, people started to produce art in caves and engrave rocks.
The Mesolithic art reflects the new living condition of society and the hunting practices. This period is characterised by artworks which represent human figures and animals.
Finally, the Neolithic art consists of the production of paintings on rocks and the creation of murals. As well as this, it is during this time that society started producing pottery.
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