Chinese poets:

Towering cliffs were the home I chose
bird trails beyond human tracks
what does my yard contain
white clouds clinging to dark rocks...
Cold Mountain. Red Pine, translator. The Collected Songs of Cold Mountain.
Port Townsend, WA. 2000. p.37.

mountain mists: "Mountains in China have been seen as a particularly powerful aspect of sacred geography. They are sometimes the dwelling places of the dead or of local divinties....Mountains are filled with dangers, such as ferocious beasts, but they also hold a magnetic attraction to which the wealth of Chinese landscape painting and poetry bears testimony. In entering the mountains the pilgrim is often entering another reality." W.F. Powell, The Record of Tung-Shan. Honolulu, HI., 1986. p.17.

the mature work: L. Pericot-Garcia, J. Galloway, A. Lommel, Prehistoric and Primitive Art. New York, 1967. "All these mitochondrial DNAs stem from one woman who is postulated to have lived about 200,000 years ago in Africa." A.C. Wilson, Quoted in, H. Gee, In Search of Deep Time. New York, 1999. p. 209. "For Africa, read 'Eden'; for 'one woman, read 'Eve.' It would be easy to read too much into this; in particular, we could attach too much importance to the personification of Eve herself. In Africa 200,000 years ago, she was not the only woman, but one among many, each with her own complement of mitochrondrial DNA. Eve could not have known that chance would make her, alone, the sole ancestor of modern humanity. Her sister, friends, and cousins could have been as fecund as she was, perhaps more, except that their particular lineages died out.". H. Gee, In Search of Deep Time. New York, 1999. p.210.

female form: *It is carved out of ivory and is slender, despite the exaggerated steatopygia. The legs without feet, terminate in a point, the head is small, and the face is oval, without details, the arms rest on the excessively pendulous breasts." L. Pericot-Garcia, J. Galloway, A. Lommel, Prehistoric and Primitive Art. New York, 1967.