Statue Stele

Eight marvellous examples of prehistoric anthropomorphic statues, seven made of marble and one from local stone, the tallest of which is 215 centimetres high. 

The statues were found in Arco and are of male, female and asexual figures, often with ornaments, clothing, anatomical details and even weapons, in particular triangulardaggers which make it possible to date them to the Copper Age (first half of the 3rd millennium BC).

Who were the figures represented in these stelae statues?

A number of theories have been put forward but the most credible identifies them with mythical ancestors who, with their simple but imposing presence, justified theacquisition of power by a particular social group. So they must basically have been a means of establishing social identity, probably erected in locations of strategicimportance and ritual significance.

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