Transportable rock artwork present in Byron, Maine – The Artsology Weblog

I acquired the next photos and story from Mike in Maine, who defined his transportable rock artwork finds as follows:

“A couple of decade in the past, I had been sitting beside the swift river in Byron, Maine, and I seen some blue and white stones that appeared misplaced. I began gathering rocks from the river and, after an hour or so, I had 100 stones behind my truck. I used to gather a rock right here and there, however I’ve by no means encountered any like these. Listed below are a couple of of my findings …”

2 examples of portable rock art found in Maine
2 examples of transportable rock artwork present in Byron, Maine.

Mike simply wished to share these on the weblog, and as I’ve talked about earlier than, I’m not a rock artwork professional myself, however these photos had been fairly attention-grabbing to me, particularly the one above left. To my eye, it seems fairly clearly like an animal head, with markings that counsel a watch and a form that strongly suggests an ear … might it’s a canine? Or some wild animal? Is it simply me, or does the form of the “ear,” the “snout” with flat edge on the left, and the sloping space at high that implies a brow – do you additionally get the sense that this has been carved or formed by human hand? And the situation of the attention marking – can that basically simply be coincidental, or absolutely supposed by the “maker” of this transportable rock artwork, whomever that will have been?

The rock above proper appears to strongly counsel a human head to me, with a watch socket, a nostril, and a really pronounced chin and jaw. What do you assume?

Right here’s one other one which Mike despatched, seen in two totally different views of the identical rock under. The picture at left when held on this route additionally appears to counsel a human head, with the divot-like space the place a watch could be, a clearly-shaped nostril, and jawline in place. I’m not 100% positive what the 2nd image is supposed to counsel – a protracted animal head (like an alligator, when seen at this angle?) – or simply the concept that the face effigy suggestion is much less so at this angle, until one thinks of the pinnacle at relaxation …? What do you consider these? You probably have any ideas or suggestions, please share within the feedback part under.

face effigy rock art found in Maine, two views
Two views of the identical transportable rock artwork – suggesting a human head – present in Maine.