The Horse of Lourdes

The Horse of Lourdes

The Horse of Lourdes

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Material and technics: 
Ivory of mammoth
Origin and date: 
Grottes des Espélugues, (Lourdes, Hautes-Pyrénées)
Around 13,000 BC
Artiste(s): 

Dimensions :

7,3 cm

The Espélugues Caves was much frequented. This small horse was discovered in 1886 in a fissure in the rock. Many other tools and decorated objects have also been discovered in this cave-shelter.

 

This small statuette has been carved longitudinally from a mammoth’s tusk. Mammoths measured between 2.80 and 3.50 metres. Their upper incisors, developed into tusks, could reach 3 metres in length. To compensate for a lack of wood, prehistoric man in Eastern Europe used these bones as frames for their tents. Mammoths disappeared from Europe around 8,500 BC.