Red, black or white? The dawn of colour symbolism

  • Simona Petru Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana
Keywords: pigments, ochre, Paleolithic, burials, Venus figurines, Slovenia


In this paper the use of the pigments in the Paleolithic is presented, and some ideas of the symbolic meaning of colours are suggested. The colour red might have been a symbol of transformation, and as such, it was used in burials and for painting the Venus figurines. In the Slovenian Paleolithic, there is scant evidence of importance of colour and only a few finds of stones used for the grinding of the red pigment have been found.


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PetruS. (2006). Red, black or white? The dawn of colour symbolism. Documenta Praehistorica, 33, 203-208.