Gerasimov Mikhail Mikhailovich. Mesolithcic woman from Murzak-Koba rockshelter (Crimea).

Mesolithcic woman from Murzak-Koba rockshelter (Crimea)
Collection MAE RAS: № 6080-12
Image ID: 3599943
Museum inventory number:
№ 6080-12
Mesolithcic woman from Murzak-Koba rockshelter (Crimea)
Gerasimov Mikhail Mikhailovich
Reconstruction date:
circa 1938
Moscow city
She died when she was young. Her cranium and the reconstructed head, in Gerasimov’s words, evidence “a striking harmony of features despite the general robustness of the face and its considerable width. This face harmoniously combines physical strength with a certain gentleness and femininity.” Apparently during her life the woman had undergone a cruel magic rite: two phalanges on each of her kittle fingers had been amputated. Similar rites, known as initiations, or rites of passage, were practiced in many societies until recently. They were aimed at leaving a visible trace on the initiated person’s body to mark his or her transition from one age or social category to another.
Reconstructing the appearance of ancient and medieval humans, Plastic reconstructions