Beauty in the Simple: A Sahara Neolithic Axe

Long before the minimalist art movement of the West was an aesthetics that was appreciated by early human culture and tribal societies, one that finds beauty in asymmetry, roughness, simplicity, economy, austerity, intimacy, and the forces of nature. The featured object, a Sahara stone axe made at least 5,000 years ago, embodies all of these characteristics.

Axe, Sahara Neolithic culture, stone. H: 26.5 cm. Credit: David Serra.

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