35 thoughts on “ARTH 114 Spring 2019

  1. Katie

    Prehistoric humans would decorate an object to teach others about that specific object. It can teach them about what that object does, what it is used for, and what is ahead on the path. Prehistoric humans also decorated an object for enjoyment, like modern humans do today.

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  2. Megan Georgiades

    Although we can not know with absolute certainty, we can certainly theorize as to what the purpose of decorating an object would have been for prehistoric humans. The decoration may have merely been for entertainment or out of appreciation for what was depicted, such as appreciation for animals the prehistoric humans hunted. These decorations might also have been used as informational or teaching instruments showing children and others what was being depicted. The ability to depict nature realistically would have been valued more for the latter reason than the first two.

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  3. Shelby

    Prehistoric humans would decorate an object in order to show significant aspects of their culture, such as clothing. Showing different aspects of their society and culture through the decoration of a specific object allows their ideals to be preserved and understood by others both during their time and in the distant future.

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  4. Emily

    Prehistoric Humans have been known to imitate nature through the use of art as a tool for teaching others things they’ve learned, as well as a representation of things they encounter daily. The human eye is trained to recognize and be attracted patterns, symmetries, and overall perfection. Prehistoric artists were able to represent what was actually in front of them, instead of what they wanted to see; this was significant because the more accurate their art was, then the more beneficial the information would be to whoever discovered it. The significance of decorating an object, for example, would represent the way their culture functioned and the types of plants, animals, etc, they encountered frequently. This information would be passed to whoever discovers the decorated object, serving as a “guide” so to speak.

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  5. Ada Laurer

    Prehistoric humans would decorate an object to emphasize the objects significance and show how important it is to them and their culture. Additionally, they might include decorations that symbolize important aspects of their lives such as feathers from the birds around them or drawings of flowers and trees.

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  6. Emma

    Prehistoric humans might have decorated an object for different reasons. Some decorations could be scenes from nature and the daily lives of prehistoric humans. These scenes could have been used to teach others about their world. These scenes also could have been used to document events that had happened to them and their people. A simpler answer to this question could also be that the prehistoric humans were decorating objects to make them look nice. Designs and certain pictures could have been as aesthetically pleasing to these humans as they are to us today.

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  7. Zachary Kennedy

    Decoration and art as a concept was most likely seen as extremely extravagant at the time and a sign of prosperity. To be able to create art, a civilization must have a steady surplus of food, such that specialization could take place and people can perform jobs that are non-essential to the survival of the tribe. Ancient humans may have decorated objects as a way to more or less show off their good fortune and wealth.

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  8. Zachary Kennedy

    Prehistoric humans would have most likely decorated objects to display wealth and prosperity. At the time, most humans were hunter gatherer tribes who were constantly preoccupied with staying alive. Jobs within the tribe would all have been essential to their survival and procuring food. Only when a tribe or civilization has a steady surplus of food can specialization occur.

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  9. Sam

    Prehistoric humans most likely decorated objects to show its significance in their culture. It was probably their way of paying homage to something they care about. Since we can’t know for sure it is also possible they could have done it for other reasons like entertainment. They may have found enjoyment in dressing their objects.

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  10. Logan Welch

    I would like to answer this question by posing another question. Why do people today decorate their living spaces with precious objects or their cars with decals and stickers? It shows a sense of personality and self worth to the person doing the decorating. It may also be done to show an appreciation for something, such as a beloved TV series or a favorite movie. Of course in the Prehistoric humans’ eyes that appreciation would be for nature or culture.

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  11. Mary (Libbie) Wells

    Why would prehistoric humans decorate an object? Since there is no way to know the answer to this question for sure I would say there are many answers. One that seems to be a very possible answer is that humans would decorate an object as a way to express either their feelings or as a way to depict a situation that may have occurred at the time. I lean towards this being a learning tool that was set in place with the hopes of informing future generations about how life was lived or specific moments in time. Taking a completely different perspective on the question, it is possible that humans decorated objects strictly for their own entertainment. As both of the answers could be possible all we can do is assume the thoughts and reasons for the actions of prehistoric humans.

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  12. Aria

    Prehistoric humans would decorate an object to emphasize what is important in their society . These objects could be educational. They could be used to teach the younger generations about the values in their culture. As well as an educational tool, having decorated objects could be a display of wealth.

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  13. tamra

    There are many possible reasons Prehistoric humans may have decorated objects. They could have used decorations for entertainment, communication, and even learning/teaching others of their culture. There is no way to know for sure why prehistoric humans would decorate an object but we can hypothesize as to what those reasons would be by looking at examples of prehistoric decorations and analyzing what we believe the ideas they were trying to get across/ what they were thinking.

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  14. Cassidy

    Prehistoric humans would decorate their objects in order to reflect the environment they interacted with as well as to illustrate to those that came after them their reactions to the things that live amongst them. The decoration could also have significant symbolization that illustrates feelings the people had regarding their surroundings. The inclusion of decorations also introduced the idea of visually storing information instead of only having verbal communication to base their knowledge off of.

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  15. John Wray

    Prehistoric humans would decorate an object to represent their world. Art is usually something portrayed through an emotion or feeling. Decorating objects helped them pass down their beliefs and ideas to the generations that passed them. It was to make something that was more beautiful than life. Life was hard back then and just like life now it was important to have something to look up to. Decorating something was to show how beautiful life could be with a little care and time.

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  16. Kaitlin Swanton

    Ancient and prehistoric peoples have multiple reasons for decorating objects such as cave walls, sculpting clay to create objects like the fetish Venus of Willendorf, for crafting elaborate masks and tools, etc. It is a fact that we can never find out all of these reasons with certainty. However, using human emotion and condition, environment, psychology, and lifestyle we can make inferences as to what these reasons were. Cave paintings likely were created as a tool for logging wildlife and food sources in an area; they could be used in ritual, celebration, entertainment, teaching, and storytelling. Clay sculptures and tools could convey a common desire or necessity by the people, perhaps used in ritual or in lifestyle. Masks could be used to scare off tribal neighbors and enemies; they could be used in ritual, celebration, hunting, or fighting. No matter the reason, each creation serves the unifying purpose of being remembered through passing knowledge to peers and future generations.

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  17. Samantha Stachowiak

    The decoration of an object by prehistoric humans could have been done for multiple reasons. One reason could have been to show dominance over their peers. The more decorated the object, the wealthier they were. They also could have used the decorative objects to teach others about them and where they come from.

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  18. Walker

    Prehistoric humans most likely decorated objects to show their personal background. An example of this would be showing a part of their culture when decorating. Another reason they could have decorated them is to show the environment that they lived in. Also they could have done this for just the purpose of entertainment.

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  19. Maddie Berning

    Art was decorated by prehistoric humans to show a sense of significance, importance, relevance, and simple entertainment. Their art could have represented their nature, their daily lives, cultural appreciation, and history. Prehistoric humans could have also been decorating for entertainment, and for design. Art was an important way to express their time period, and what inspired their daily lives. They depicted the animals they hunted, the plants they lived around, the environment they spent everyday in, and other things that were significant to them. Along with all of these reasons to decorate art, came teaching. The art was an opportunity to teach the younger children about the important aspects of their culture. This was extremely important for the young children to pass from generation to generation.

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  20. Garrett Zendek

    While there are not definite answers as to why prehistoric humans would decorate objects, one can make inferences. Since most prehistoric humans did not have an established language, they could decorate objects to tell stories. They would also do this to describe their culture and display what they valued.

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  21. Jacie Waltner

    Prehistoric humans most likely decorate objects and art work because their culture wanted to show a story in their work. Sometimes it was to pay respect to their elders or the Godly figures they believed in. It could also be a way for them to communicate to each other and explaining what an object represents.

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  22. Maddie Almand

    It is possible that the prehistoric humans decorated their art for a multitude of reasons. One possible reason is to accurately teach their children about their culture and the nature around them. Another possible reason is to display a level of skill and knowledge. A third reason that may be that it was a form of entertainment in order to pass the time.

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  23. Alexis Anderson

    Prehistoric conditions would have demanded a daily focus on survival. Strong social bonds and group cohesion would likely have increased chances of success in efforts to attain food, shelter, and other essentials. Decoration may have served as a form of communication to reinforce these bonds and promote group unity. For example, some objects may have been decorated for use as ornaments identifying individuals as part of the group or identifying the status of certain individuals within the group hierarchy.

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  24. Hannah Heflin

    I believe people decorated objects to symbolize a significance for it. In prehistoric times, they would dress homonids in different beads and accessories after they passed to show that there was significance in their culture. I think this is relatively the same idea of why we decorate different things. It shows that we have significance towards it and it gives it a meaning/personality.

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  25. Sarah Khalil

    Prehistoric humans decorate objects for variety of reasons, decorating objects can be used as a way of communication, identifying culture, expressing feelings, telling a story, or expressing an opinion about a certain thing. Decorated objects from prehistoric humans are very unique and special, they are a way of inspiration, it opens up our mind to think of a different point perspective, and it also allows us to question and think from a different angle view about the used patterns of prehistoric humans decorating techniques.

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  26. Ryan Striano

    Prehistoric Humans probably would have decorated objects due to attachments. Earlier life probably formed a connection with the things they made/owned in the same way that humans now form connections with their belongings.

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  27. Madeline Hite

    My belief is that prehistoric humans decorated items to show appreciation or that they thought that images held power. Perhaps they thought that by decorating a cave wall with images of animals that more would be likely to come. Or, they may have thought that if they took a life then they should show appreciation for that life by memorializing it through art. They probably thought that artists were blessed with some kind of gift from the gods and that by creating talismans and paintings they would appease them and whatever they were trying to convey, such as good health or a surplus of animals to hunt would come true.

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  28. Da'Shawn Cook

    Because that’s what they use to do back then, they would decorate things and that was their culture. They thought they couldn’t make use of things unless it was decorated. Basically it didn’t have wealth if it wasn’t decorated.

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  29. Keelin Murphy

    Prehistoric humans might have decorated certain objects to show how meaningful these items were to them. Additionally, these decorations could represent things they saw in their everyday lives, their cultures or a religion they practice. Prehistoric humans might have also decorated these objects for entertainment purposes.

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  30. Austin DeWitt

    I think prehistoric people decorate objects because they were high off some drugs they had to take for a ritual and when they came down they saw what they had created and like what they did and so they continued.

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  31. AJ DeGeorge

    I would think prehistoric humans would decorate statues as a way to show specific feelings or traits towards whatever they are depicting in the artifact. Decorations may symbolize royalty, specialty, reverence, the uniqueness of the thing or person they are depicting. Or the decorations may simply be what was expected back then, they people depicted in these statues may have has clothing similar to the decorations in real life, and the decorations may just be a way to express the kinds of clothing they wore. Either way, I believe the decorations were meant to symbolize something, and weren’t just put there as an afterthought.

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  32. Riley Marcus

    I believe that there are many reasons that prehistoric humans would decorate objects. One of the most popular beliefs and one that I happen to agree with is the idea that they believed that certain decorations or embellishments would give them good luck. For example, many of the weapons that we viewed in class were decorated with animals that ancient people would have regarded as powerful hunters.

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  33. Kym Laver

    I think prehistoric humans would decorate an object for many of the same reasons we ourselves do. In order to express themselves artistically, create a personal or communal identity, mark personal belongings, record and try to make sense of the world around them, or simply amuse oneself and contribute to the community.

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  34. Zara Burns

    When looking at prehistoric humans we can see that all the items they made had a certain purpose and each item showed the significance of their culture. They would decorate their items to teach aspects of their culture to their children and praise their culture with in their own homes. This is very similar to how Christians might have crosses around their homes to praise their God and to teach their children of their religion.

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  35. Edward Donnellan

    There are many reasons prehistoric humans would decorate objects. One reason humans decorated objects is to show how valuable they are to the individual person. Another reason for decorating the object is that the object might be used in some sort of religious ceremony, and the decorations would be used to symbolize this.

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