Monday Minstrel: spotted horses.

This is a photo of the spotted horses found in the Peche Merle Cave in Dordogne, France and dates to 25,000 BC.

Here is a quote from Tamsin Pickeral’s book “The Horse . 30,000 years of the Horse in Art.”

The spotted horses may have been an actual representation of horses in that area at the time but the spots extend quite deliberately beyond the outline of the horse, which suggests they had a more significant and symbolic meaning. It is possible that prehistoric man practiced a form of shamanism , a ritualistic religion based on magic, which is still found in hunter-gatherer tribes today. A major part of the cult of shamanism revolves around self-induced trances, during the early stages of which the brain conjures up abstract signs and forms, including prolific dots.

The dots on the horses were applied by blowing pigment through a primitive stencil. The horses are accompanied by negative handprints, which were also created by blowing pigment, using the artist’s hand as a stencil. These handprints might have been the artist’s signature, or might have a greater significance linked to the traditions of shamanism.

Tamsin Pickerel.

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Lisa Bernard says:

    Fascinating! Please keep posting. I lost my beloved Arabian horse (he was 33 years young) last winter and I am slowly making my way back into the equine world. This helps. 🙂

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    1. anne leueen says:

      33 is a great age. That must have been a real heartbreaker! I hope that my blog posts an help you back into the world of horses. Thank you for commenting💕


  2. You never know. There could have been spotted horses.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      They think that is possible but the spots outside of the horses led to a different line of thought , hence the Shaman and meditation ideas. but there could have been horses like the knabstrupper spotted horses we have today. Thanks for reading and commenting Sharon

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  3. David says:

    A fully spotted horse, I’d like see that.

    O/T: How’s the cane working? Does he/she have a first name too? 😉

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    1. anne leueen says:

      My cane is called Charlie. I’m getting on pretty well with it. Thanks for asking.

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