Jan Evert Musch, AB 18 (1987) and AB 20 (1990) articles / n)nnlfemwch
Two similar stone sculptures identified by J. E. Musch as 'mother with child in backpack': left with triangular shape side view not shown, Heidelbergian; right with frontal view not shown with second face, North Netherlands, Heidelbergian. Sculpture left illustrated in Animal Farm, p. 17, Nr. H with comment "In all Stone Age traditions we see now a female figurine that is stylized into the form of a triangle if in frontal position and into an 'S' shape if in profile. Aspects added onto this figurine can be a face of a young female on the belly and/or a juvenile at her back. The symbolism can still be found in many a mythology as 'Mother Goddess', 'Mother Earth', 'Mother Nature'. A woman, growing up, getting old, dying, but reeborn from herself (Like in Navaho mythology). These 'bi-face', cyclic and creative forms, can also be found in naturalistic or abstracted for in the as yet enigmatic 'handaxe' 'tools' of Acheulian traditions."
Photo zerox © J. E. Musch. Collection J. E. Musch.