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The "Mother of Mercy" of Asia is a fascinating figure with various names and spellings, and a rich number of visual representations and symbolic meanings. The Vatican Museum:. More realistically, the date of origin should be fixed at a time between and This piece is unique not only because of its physical appearance, but also for its theological message of inculturation. It is carved from an elephant tusk, and features in limited space Mother and Child, the "horn of plenty" cornucopia , two angels, and a dragon, not to mention the many decorative accessories.
Most of the data are directly available directly in the paper in the form of a table and pictures for the engravings. Researchers could contact Nicolas Naudinot rf. One of the main elements of this rapid social restructuring is the abandonment of naturalistic figurative art on portable pieces or on cave walls in the Magdalenian in favor of abstract expression on small pebbles. Recent work shows that the transformation of human societies between the Magdalenian and the Azilian was more gradual. The discovery of a new Early Azilian site with decorated stones in France supports this hypothesis. This evidence suggests that some cultural features such as iconography may lag far behind technological changes. We also argue that eventual change in symbolic expression, which includes the later disappearance of figurative art, provides new insight into the probable restructuring of the societies.