Gold Neanderthal Skull – 2015 to 2018

Human skulls have often been used in art to illustrate impermanence, the vanity of earthly pursuits and the transient nature of life. The Memento Mori, from the Latin meaning ‘remember death,’ has been found in many traditions of art, represented by a human skull.

Evidence suggests that Neanderthals were not a primitive sub-species of Homo sapiens, but a highly evolved group with the capacity for self awareness and abstract thought. It is possible that Neanderthals were the first hominids to create symbolic works of art and to engage in ritualistic rites of passage. While Neanderthals have commonly been classified as a subspecies, DNA mapping has illustrated that the Neanderthal was not a separate species. 

Neanderthals were widespread across Europe and Western Asia from around 400,000 years ago. By 45,000 years ago populations of early Homo sapiens had migrated into Europe, the Near East, South and West Asia. Five thousand years later the Neanderthals was extinct.

Title: Gold Neanderthal Skull
Year produced: 2015 – 2018
Dimensions: Lifesize
Edition: 10
Mediums used: 24 Carat Gold, Bronze
Signature details: The artist’s signature, date and edition number is painted on the  underside

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