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Les interprétations anthropologiques de la partition symbolique humain / animal dans l’art pariétal préhistorique

Abstract : Contemporary anthropological interpretations of prehistoric cave art, even the most "functionalist", do not den y the artistic postula te of some of the best-known examples. However, the symbolic division between human and animal appreciated bath by the quality- stylised humans alongside hyper-realistic animais- and by the quantitative disproportion of the figures, was noted a long time a go and has given rise to many debates on the subject. The totemic hypothesis predominates in view of the types of animais represented and the non-existence of the environment or landscapes in rock paintings, which shows the importance given to the values embodied by the animais, going beyond the aesthetic scope of the work of art. This paper recalls the relations between technique and cave art, summarises the totemic interpretation, and shows that utilitarian approaches have to concede the strong imprint of the symbolic domain.
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Salvador Juan. Les interprétations anthropologiques de la partition symbolique humain / animal dans l’art pariétal préhistorique. Elseneur, Centre de recherche LASLAR/Presses Universitaires de Caen, 2018, Sur la paroi nocturne. L’art pariétal dans les littératures des XXe et XXIe siècles, pp.149-163. ⟨hal-02304907⟩

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