33 thoughts on “ARTH 114 fall 2019

  1. Amanda Tringale

    I believe that there are multiple reasons as to why prehistoric humans would decorate an object. It could be a traditional object that must be decorated a certain way, some kind of figure of worship, or perhaps a simple accessory. It’s very difficult to pin point one reason as to why a prehistoric human would decorate an object. For all we know they could’ve just been bored and decided to create an object for the sake of entertainment. This is why I feel that most prehistoric forms of art have some sort of enchanting mystery to them.

    – Amanda Tringale

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  2. Josie Jerge

    There are so many possible reasons prehistoric humans would decorate an object. One guess is that the decoration could have made the object unique to everyone else’s object. This could give the person more “ownership” over the object as it would obviously be different then everyone else’s. They may have wanted “ownership” if there were people stealing other peoples’ stuff. The unique decorations may also give the person more “power” over other people because they have the ability to create unique object, etc.

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  3. Erik Dale

    I believe that prehistoric humans would decorate an object to tell stories to each other, and for their own entertainment, they also might use them to communicate with one another, because they didn’t have the technology for entertainment or communication that we have today.

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  4. Jessica Thorne

    I think there are a couple of reasons that prehistoric humans would decorate an object. One reason is that they decorated them for storytelling and teaching. By doing this they could show animals and other features of their life in great detail without putting anyone in danger. Also, a more detailed and decorated object generally makes for a better and more entertaining story. Another reason why they might have decorated objects is that they revered the animal or object and wanted to honor it, and maybe even hope to take on some of the powers that they associated with the directed animal. One last reason they might have decorated their objects would be that they did it to represent their group, and could trade items with the specific decorations, or they could use the decorated objects to mark out their land.

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  5. Azaria

    Prehistoric people may have decorated objects to express themselves. They did not know how to write so as a form of expression they drew what they felt or experienced. Objects can be boring and simple, so maybe they wanted to add something onto it to make it more appealing just for the likeness of the eye. Also, they could have decorated objects to share their stories.

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  6. J. Helton

    I believe prehistoric people decorated objects just out of boredom. If these people weren’t hunting, gathering, or sleeping, these people had an a lot of time on their hands. It only takes one kid or an extremely creative adult to chip away at something/ drag a stone on a wall/ use berries to create art. I don’t believe they could comprehend the idea of “art” – it started out as something to pass the time, and then later on turned into a way of marking territory, telling stories, etc.

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  7. Sarah Christiansen

    Prehistoric Humans may have decorated objects to tell stories or to teach. They also may heve done this to enrich their environment and have something to pass down through generations.

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  8. Elizabeth Rybarczyk

    Because these humans are prehistoric, we might never know why they chose to decorate an object, but we can speculate and make educated guesses based on what we know about the wildlife and climate. Humans could have decorated objects for a number of reasons. They might have made a design on their tools to show ownership, or for aesthetic purposes. A painting could have been used as a teaching tool, or just to document an event or tell a story. Most cave paintings show animals in great detail, so this very well could be true.

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  9. Jessie Anderson

    Prehistoric humans may have decorated objects for record-keeping, to explain their culture, habits, or stories to other generations. It could also be how they expressed their emotions back then since they weren’t educated on how to do so otherwise.

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  10. Jordan Leahey

    I think prehistoric humans might have a couple reasons to decorate something. One reason might simply be aesthetic. Through out the reading and research it says multiple things about humans either prehistoric or modern having this want for aesthetically pleasing things. So a prehistoric person might decorate a wall because it brings them joy and pride. Another reason might be for learning purposes. They may have decorated walls and objects in a way to educate their children about the world they knew. An example could be the small woman figure we looked at in class that could have been used to teach girls what would happen in the future to their bodies.

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  11. Ethan Trumble

    I believe that prehistoric humans would decorate an object to mark its significance in a way similar to that of the role badges play in our military ranking system. By decorating these objects, the owners of them could be marked as more important or significant in the primitive communities. The other reason I believe prehistoric humans would have decorated objects is for ritual purposes. These object may have been used in ancient rituals to bring rain or food and the decorations were a key piece of these rituals.

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  12. Daniela

    I think prehistoric humans would decorate objects for various reasons. I believe they would decorate objects to have a sense of ownership and personal connection with something. They wanted to make sure everyone could tell it was theirs and couldn’t be taken. Maybe it was a way of marking their territory and being able to distinguish it if it went missing. Another reason could be that the object would have a personal connection with them and it would in a way make hunting for example more meaningful, maybe giving them more strength. Overall, I just think it was a way of making the object theirs and only theirs.

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  13. Andrew Martine

    Prehistoric humans could have decorated objects for many reasons. One reason could be that they had so much time on their hands that they decorated objects to pass time. Another reason could be that they decorated items for entertainment.

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  14. John Tyler Funkhouser

    I think the reason for the object being decorated would depend on the object in question and its purpose. Is the object a statue to honor the dead? Is it for religious purposes? Are they decorating the cave because they want their dwelling to look pretty or or they painting those bison and auroachs to teach the young boys how to hunt?

    Decoration and art serves many purposes, and prehistoric art is an excelltent example

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  15. Sara Z

    I think they decorated their objects in order to tell and pass on stories or lessons to their children and future generations to their people. Since these anecdotes and teachings can shift as they are passed on verbally, it’s possible that they want to try to record them in order to preserve their purest, most truthful form. It’s also possible that they decorated certain objects to be used for rites or luck for certain people, such as celebrating their coming of age or for plentiful hunting sessions.

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  16. katlyn wolfe

    I think prehistoric humans were not too different than how we are now. Yes there are many differences and advances that have occurred overtime but they are like us in the same sense when it comes to creativity.I think that they were actually far more creative than us now because they did everything on their own, they did not have internet to use or any type of technology to rely on. As we saw they used their own eyes and experiences to recreate animals. I think the prehistoric humans would decorate objects for many reasons such as a way of communication, symbolism, design, and even for entertainment.

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  17. Jordan Hadler

    This question on the reasoning for prehistoric humans decorating objects, provides no real or factual answer. Art historians, archaeologists, and anthropologists all provide clues to early civilization but not one individual knows the exact meaning of the images and objects presented from prehistoric times. Many assumptions have been made on the decorative objects, such as extreme detail on animals. Observers believe that the reasoning for assembling the shapes and curves of the animals into objects, were led to the mass hunting, and knowing the very detail of the animals because of the very close interaction these humans had with them. Other ideas presented are that the objects were made for the younger generations, to provide knowledge to them, or storytelling.

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  18. Zadie Lacy

    To represent, and literally illustrate, different values of their culture and the life they knew and understood around them. Decoration is also a way to tell a story, or to depict different fables that can illustrate cultural values that would have been both recognizable and meaningful to those who used and came into contact with the object in daily life. Different accentuations in the way that animals, per say, were depicted or people, for example, were portrayed can also give information about what the artist finds valuable or what characteristics are even seen as beautiful or notable to them. Of course, the decoration chosen can also, and very often, be of symbolic significance.

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  19. Evan Aigner

    I think that most prehistoric humans decorated items as a spiritual connection to things they saw in they saw in the natural world. Many decorations were of animals which all prehistoric people relied on to provide for their tribe, which heavily influenced their daily lives. Seen as the providers I believe the hunted animals would have been greatly respected and valued. Decorations could have been made to worship those animals and be spiritually closer to them, possibly to hope for a better/easier hunt.

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  20. Kiersten Laclede

    Prehistoric humans may have decorated objects as a way to tell stories. Since they did not have a system of writing (or at least one that survived) decoration of objects and other art would have been the main way for them to record their stories for future generations. Decoration may also have been an experimental process of discovering and manipulating the world around them, smearing berries on a wall to see how else it can be used for example.

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  21. Ella

    A couple ideas as to why prehistoric humans would decorate objects could be because they wanted to make them personal, make them tell a story that means something to them. Also, decorations make objects come to life, a house with no decorations is very impersonal and doesn’t stand out. In prehistoric art, most pieces are built by natural materials found in either caves or land, and it takes a lot of talent to be able to build something out of nothing, and since there are limited resources, decorations make the art pieces unique to the artist.

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  22. Holly Hunt

    Many pre-historic objects were created to express a way of life — a hobby or survival skill. Other objects were created as symbols of beauty and power, for example the “Woman of Willendorf”. She is believed to represent fertility, to admire the way a woman’s body changes through childbirth. I believe that many objects are decorated with lines or circles to show ownership over the specific object, or even just to show detail. Maybe the object was a portrait of something or someone, and detail was added to more accurately depict what the object was. Decorating an object is a very advanced skill that takes time to do, so the decorating of these objects had to have been for something more than demonstration purposes. They had to have been meant to survive for years and years and to be cherished for generations.

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  23. Joseph

    I think that prehistory humans would decorate their objects to show attachment or significance. To show personality and creativity. I think they decorated objects to make themselves feel distinguished and unique. Prehistoric humans could have many reasons to decorate their objects whether it may be tools, dolls, or equipment.

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  24. Lindsay Tucker

    Early humans could have wanted to decorate an object to show ownership or individuality over the object. They also could’ve decorated it to show sacred meaning of the object or add to the use the object Is meant for.

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  25. Zeph Frankart

    I believe that prehistoric humans would decorate personal objects and places to mark ownership. In the case of the atlatl, this object could have belonged to an important person or family so they carved it to mark it as theirs. Perhaps the Ibex was the owner of the atlatl’s family or personal symbol. The hall of bulls could have housed the “bull” family of the tribe of prehistoric humans inhabiting Lascaux Cave. Certain objects such as small idols could have been sacred pieces passed down through generation after generation, as a way of passing on the metaphorical torch of life to the maturing humans from the dying humans. Whatever the reason it is obvious that these pieces found held significant importance to prehistoric humans and their lifestyle.

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  26. Taylor White

    Why would prehistoric humans decorate an object?

    Prehistoric humans decorating such objects, to me, was the start of the human brain evolving. The creative mind working towards creating and the use of imagination, it is quite vulnerable and beautiful if you truly think about it. These prehistoric humans could have decorated objects for many reasons, to teach, such things like hunting or other survival skills, to show how to nurture or recreate life, or simply for the joy of it. There wasn’t much else for these prehistoric humans to do expect to survive, this is how they might have passed the time while staying warm in caves, or putting new material to good use.

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  27. Alondra n Anderson

    Prehistoric humans decorated their objects for many reasons. One very important reason I think of is ownership. They wanted to personalize things that belonged to them. It could also be how they expressed themselves. I believe that they did these things to represent themselves.

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  28. Tyler B Shackelford

    I believe early humans decorated objects in order to express themselves in a physical way. Humans quite literally have a portion of their brain that is essentially dedicated to creative thought, and I believe this was the main cause that some prehistoric humans personalized objects that they found. They wanted to express themselves physically in a time where creativity wasn’t entirely a concept.

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  29. Blake Johnson

    I believe that they decorated their objects to make them more personal to them. They also could have decorated them to signify what object belongs to who, so no one would take it as their own. It also could be for certain traditions or rituals that they decorated the objects specifically for. For specific objects, like a hunting tool, they may have decorated those with the animals they are hunting as a sign of respect for that animal.

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  30. Jasper Drilling

    I believe that prehistoric humans decorated objects to express themselves and show their individuality. How a person’s tool or weapon is decorated can reveal many things about them, for example having an atlatl shaped like a particular animal might show this is an animal you find particularly beautiful or powerful, or are known for hunting. There is also a practical use for decorated objects, as you can easily find what belongs to you and not get each others confused. Additionally, I think that decorations are simply something that bring people joy, and humans have always had the desire to surround themselves with objects they find to be beautiful and make them happy.

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  31. Tatiana Becerra

    I believe prehistoric humans decorated objects to represent their world and beliefs through visual images. These decorations could represent anything meaningful to them like tradition, form of hunting, ritual practices etc. They reveal not only a quest for beauty but also complex social systems and spiritual concepts.

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  32. Tatiana Becerra

    I believe prehistoric humans decorated their objects to represent their world and beliefs through visual images. These decorations represent meaningful things to prehistoric humans and they help understand their message through these visual images. The decorations reveal not only a quest for beauty but also complex social systems and spiritual concepts.

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  33. Emma Gardner

    I think that the create and decorate these objects not nessicarily out of necessity but because there is nothing really to do other than sleep, eat, and survive humans needed to find a way to relax. I think that these show how they were able to develop creativly and socially.

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