Stone Image

Stone Image

 

(in Russian, kamennye baby) the name for carved stone sculptures (1 to 4 m high), which in ancient times were set up on high points in the steppe regions from the Dnestr River in the west to the Altai and Mongolia in the east.

The stone images of the Black Sea coastal areas date from different periods, from the Scythian (fifth-fourth century B.C.) to the late nomadic (13—14th century a.d.). Menhir-type carved stone sculptures, which date from the Bronze Age, are known in Siberia. The stone images were apparently associated with ancestor worship.

REFERENCES

Griaznov, M., and E. Shneider. “Drevnie izvaianiia Minusinskikh ste-pei.” In Materialy po etnografii, vol. 4, fasc. 2. Leningrad, 1929.
Elagina, N. G. “Skifskie antropomorfhye stely Nikolaevskogo muzeia.” Sovetskaia arkheologiia, 1959, no. 2, pp. 187-96.
References in classic literature ?
His face was like a carved stone image, from which the life had wholly gone.
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If Heaven never answered prayers because of deafness, methinks I would nevertheless have blessings bestowed upon me, for that man yonder would make the great stone image of Saint Peter rub its ears and hearken unto him.
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There was not a movement perceptible in those masses of humanity; they were as rigid as stone images, and as pale; and dread sat upon every countenance.
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