Updated and modernized in 1970. Neanderthal family near the Devil's Tower rock-shelter at Gibraltar near the Mediterranean Sea. Young man with a wooden club and father cooking mussels by a fire. His son, aged five, brings twigs to replenish the fire. The mother carries her youngest baby on her hip.
Mas d'Azil cave in France. The scene shows two Azilian men armed with wooden spears with flint lance-points at close quarters with an enraged wild boar defending his mate and two young pigs. The dogs are held by rawhide straps and they are straining forward at the leash. The painted background shows the peaks of the Pyrenees in the distance.
Aurignacian Cave Art diorama by Frederick Blaschke
Frieze of hands preserved in Gargas cave, France. The Aurignacian man uses a hollow bone tube made from the leg-bone of a reindeer to blow red-ocre paint around the outlines of the fingers of his left hand. The imprint of his and others' hands remains on the wall. Animals, including the elephant and the bison, are also drawn on the wall.
Chellean scene in northern France. Men beside a fire in the shelter of a large rock, one chipping a flint hand axe. In the distance is a river with three elephants and upstream a hippopotamus can be seen. Near the skyline is a large stag and a pack of wolves.
Solutrean sculptor carves a horse on a block of stone. On the shelf behind him are reproductions of the other stone carvings found in Le Roc, France. On the left side the path leads up to a cave, and on the right side, sheltered behind large trees, the entrance to another cave can be seen.
Two fisherman on Lake Neuchatel in Switzerland. They haul in their nets which contain the first catch of the day. Snow-clad Alpine peaks in the background. On the right is the village with a cluster of thatched houses built out over the water.
Neanderthal family outside the Devil's Tower rock-shelter at Gibraltar with the Mediterranean Sea in the distance. A young man with a wooden club in his hand and the father beside a fire cooking mussels. The mother holds her younger child on her hip and their older son may also be seen in the cave. The Neanderthals are living under a warmer climatie than at Le Moustier.
This is a divider between dioramas and the historical photos of the dioramas, under construction
Clay model of Neanderthal diorama
Frederick Blaschke constructed a small-size model of the Neanderthal (Mousterian). It consisted of a reproduction of a cave at Le Moustier, an adult male figure and two female figures, one of them carrying a child. In October 1927, Blaschke returned to his studio in New York, to execute the life-size models for the group.