Monday Minstrel: The horse in 17,000 BC

Rock painting c. 17,000 BC Lascaux caves.

There is and overriding sense of forward propulsion see in the procession of fine horses on the south wall of the Axial Gallery deep in the caves of Lascaux.These horses are going somewhere, heading purposefully round the smooth curve of the wall. Their prehistoric artist, working to the flickering light of a fat-burning lamp, used the naturally occurring white shelf as the ground line , giving the horses a sense of spatial reality.The horses are precisely drawn and colored, each one being an individual in its characteristics. They appear to be of fairly elegant build, and could have been based on the Tarpan, one of the prehistoric breeds that is most closely related to the modern horse.

Images of hoses appear throughout the caves of Lascaux in various forms, and are the most frequently depicted animal there. The extent to which horses feature in prehistoric art suggests the importance they held for man, although the exact nature of their significance remains a mystery.

Tamsin Pickeral The Horse 30,000 years of the Horse in Art

10 Comments Add yours

  1. It is really incredible to think that they have been around for so long and still remain beautiful through thousands of years.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Yes it is. Glad you liked them

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  2. Emma Cownie says:

    You are right these are all indiviual horses, I can see from their markings.

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  3. Michele Lee says:

    Etched history is fascinating and the human need to create seems a constant.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Yes indeed. Thanks for your comment Michele. I agree that humans do seem to have a need to create .

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  4. rkrontheroad says:

    Thanks for sharing these. They seem to have been well-loved animals even then.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Yes I think they were. Thanks for your comment.

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  5. Amy says:

    So glad to see this image. I visited the cave with Rick Steves travel a couple of decades ago.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Ah! That must have been very interesting.

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