Prehistory

Eye idol

Alabaster
Guadalquivir Valley
Chalcolithic
3rd millennium BC
 

The representation of large eyes is a common trait shared by this “Idol of Extremadura” and other objects known generically as “eye idols”. This artefact, whose entire surface is decorated, depicts with facial features, what may be a tattoo or face paint, and hair. The differences between the idols have been interpreted as references to specific territories or families.

Catalogue

The objects in this section of the catalogue refer to different aspects of the daily lives of the inhabitants of the Iberian Peninsula during this long period. They primarily include implements made out of stone, bone, clay or metal, which demonstrate how human beings became increasingly skilled at exploiting their environment during the Palaeolithic, Neolithic, Chalcolithic and Bronze ages.

Glotón del Jarama

Paleolithic

            

Ídolo placa

Neolithic and Chalcolithic

        

Ajuar de El Argar

Bronze Age