It is often considered by art historians that parietal painting is the first expression of art in human history. But archeologists disagree.
Although Sumerian metalwork and gold jewellery are considered to be the earliest jewellery of antiquity, there are many important ornaments that belong to prehistoric times, to the time of the Neanderthals. For ancient people, ornaments, and jewellery, are the first expression of the human soul. This means that they are considered to be the first expression of conceptual thought. Jewellery and ornaments are the first artistic expression in history, the oldest art form.
The first signs of human adornment known worn as jewels were 32 small Tritia gibbosula snail shells discovered in Morocco. The shells are around 150,000 years old. Archeologists proved they were worn as an ornament: they show traces of perforation made by a stone tool and some of them have traces of red pigment. Those were real craftpeople: true dexterity was needed to perforate such small shells without destroying them.
Seashells, eagle talons, bison and aurochs incisors, fox and deer teeth, mammoth tusks were turned into jewels. Were sculptured, perforated to wear hanging, assembled, engraved and worn as jewels likely for clothing ornaments, or bracelets or necklaces. They could reveal a visual symbolic language.
"There are moments in which a rose is more important than a piece of bread.” — Rainer Maria Rilke
Human beings need poetry to be the very substance of their lives.
Because the human being has also been created, the human being has the need to be in contact with creativity.
Simone Weil. "...Alongside physical needs, with equal dignity, human beings have spiritual needs that are embodied in poetry, beauty, truth and justice. And they are sacred."