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This solution offers some brief notes on the topic of Art of the Paleolithic/Neolithic, Ancient Near East and Egypt, specifically the animal icon in art. What does it symbolize? How do each of these cultures use animal imagery in a similar and different fashion? What are the stylistic similarities and differences?

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First of all, as you locate art of the Paleolithic/Neolithic era, one example is the amazing piece called "Left wall of the Hall of Bulls, Lascaux II" from 16,000-14,000 B.C.E. The bulls seem to symbolize the hunting resilience or magic to give luck to the men as they sought food. The image is located at https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/prehistoric-art/paleolithic-art/a/lascaux

Thus, this culture seems to have used animal imagery in order to offer survival as well as spiritual implications about life and culture of the times. Rituals were another reason, as experts suggest how "the prehistoric people who used the cave may have believed that a way to overpower their prey involved creating images of it ...

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400 words of notes and reference links are integrated to offer a brief focus on art of the following eras using animal symbolism: Paleolithic/Neolithic, Ancient Near East and Egypt.