Antler bâton fragment with a near-cylindrical section except that the part of the shaft decorated with a horse has, on the reverse surface, three grooves so deeply cut that they greatly reduce the thickness of the beam. Single perforation in the centre and is broken at both ends. Obverse surface has a deep longitudinal groove along the upper edge, interrupted to the left of the perforation by the mane of a horse, cut in low relief and facing right. This figure has a large eye, high boxed mane and rather small backswept forelegs, also a V-shaped double gash on its flank.
- Excavated/Findspot: Madeleine, La
- (Europe,France,Aquitaine,Dordogne,Tursac,La Madeleine)
- Length: 16.6 centimetres
- Width: 5.5 centimetres
- Thickness: 3 centimetres
Ice Age art
On display: G2/wp30
2013 24 Jun-16 Sep, Spain, Santander, Fundación Botín, Ice Age Art
2013 7 Feb-26 May, London, BM Ice Age Art
2010 Apr-Jun, Leeds, Henry Moore Institute, Ice Age Sculpture
2006 11 May-30 Jul, London, Hayward Gallery, The Enemy Within (Undercover Surrealism)
2014 Oct 14 - London, BM Gallery 2, 'Collecting the World'
10 January 2006
Reason for treatment
Reduce shine from old coating. Check and consolidate chipped area as necessary.
Light sheen from old coating over whole surface. Old fill around central hole with dark paint layer. Small chipped area within hole.
Tested surface coating with acetone, IMS and distilled water on cotton wool buds. These did not have much effect on surface coating. However the shiny dark paint on the fill was disfiguring and so it was toned in to a more appropriate colour with Liquitex acrylic colours, dry pigments and distilled water.Consolidated chipped area with 3% Paraloid B72 (ethyl methacrylate copolymer) in 50/50 acetone/IMS.
Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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Object reference number: BCR113539
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