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Horse of Lourdes

REF RF004004 EAN 3336727444849

 Horse of Lourdes

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Horse of Lourdes

Caves of Espélugues, Lourdes (Hautes-Pyrénées)
Excavations Leon Nelli, 1886-1889
Saint-Germain-en-Laye, museum of national Archaeology

This statuette of horse has been discovered at the end of the 19th century in the cave of Espélugues at Lourdes, in the Hautes-Pyrénées. It is allotted to the Magdalenian period (around -15 000 years).

Worked in mammoth ivory, rare material in Western Europe, this figurine shows a great control of the sculpture and engraving.
The horse is returned in a very realistic way, as well on the level of its anatomy as of its attitude, with many details.

It should be said that the prehistoric men knew well the wild horses which they hunted daily.

Reproduction in hand patinated resin

H. 6 L. 7,5 P. 4 cm - 200 g
H. 2.36" W. 2.95" D. 1.57" - 0.44 lbs
Caves of Espélugues, Lourdes (Hautes-Pyrénées) Excavations Leon Nelli, 1886-1889
Material of the original
Mammoth ivory
Magdalenian, around -17 000/-12 000
Les Eyzies-de-Tayac - Musée de Préhistoire
Art movement