Explore

Bone engraved with a horse

A bigger picture

Art in the form of decorating objects and depicting the world around us may be one of the things that characterises homo sapiens. Ice Age artists display a range of styles of art from very abstract patterns to highly naturalistic portrayals of animals. Techniques include painting, engraving and carving. Different materials were used such as bone, antler, ivory, stone and probably wood, though the latter does not survive. Here are some examples.

Wolverine pendant

wolverine_pendant_1

Bone pendant with engraved wolverine.

Found: Les Eyzies cave, the Dordogne, France.

See more See more: http://www.britishmuseum.org/explore/highlights/highlight_objects/pe_prb/b/bone_pendant_with_wolverine.aspx

Engraved rib bone

reindeer_ibex

Rib bone engraved with reindeer and an ibex.

Found: Courbet cave, Penne-Tarn area, France.

See more See more: http://www.britishmuseum.org/explore/highlights/highlight_objects/pe_prb/e/engraved_rib.aspx

Horse on antler

horse_baton

Perforated antler baton with a horse carved in relief.

Found: La Madeleine rock shelter, the Dordogne, France.

See more See more: http://www.britishmuseum.org/explore/highlights/highlight_objects/pe_prb/p/perforated_baton_with_horse.aspx

Swimming reindeer

reindeer_ivory

Swimming reindeer carved from ivory.

Found: Montastruc rockshelter, Tarn et Garonne area, France.

See more See more: http://www.britishmuseum.org/explore/highlights/highlight_objects/pe_prb/s/swimming_reindeer.aspx

Bone pin

bone_pin

Decorated bone pin.

Found: Gorge d’Enfer, Dordogne, France.

See more See more: http://www.britishmuseum.org/explore/highlights/highlight_objects/pe_prb/d/decorated_bone_pin.aspx

Horse jaw

horse_jaw

A decorated horse jaw.

Found: Kendrick’s Cave, Llandudno, Wales.

See more See more: http://www.britishmuseum.org/explore/highlights/highlight_objects/pe_prb/d/decorated_horse_jaw.aspx
Next section: Teaching ideas
06_horse_banner

Bone engraved with a horse