This 8 cm high carving of a human face on mammoth ivory is 26,000 years old, and was found in former Czechoslovakia. The object is the oldest portrait of a human being yet discovered. The head appears to have been fastened to a staff or baton.
Flint handaxe containing a fossil seashell, circa 300,000 years old. The fossil is far older than the actually tool, or even the flint, for that matter. What is clear is that the toolmaker made a conscious decision to create his tool around this central ornament for whatever aesthetic or religious reasons. (Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge) Image by Irisharchaeology.ie via The Celtic Prehistoric Museum