Bone engraving of a horse, drawn on a fragment of rib, one end of which has been neatly cut. The other end has an ancient break. The horse faces right and is carefully drawn. The line of its mane is shown along the top edge of the rib as a series of diagonal hatched lines. The head and neck are clearly outlined. Single vertical lines have been drawn over the horse.

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Palart.855

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Bone engraving of a horse, drawn on a fragment of rib, one end of which has been neatly cut. The other end has an ancient break. The horse faces right and is carefully drawn. The line of its mane is shown along the top edge of the rib as a series of diagonal hatched lines. The head and neck are clearly outlined. Single vertical lines have been drawn over the horse.

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  • Bone engraving of a horse, drawn on a fragment of rib, one end of which has been neatly cut. The other end has an ancient break. The horse faces right and is carefully drawn. The line of its mane is shown along the top edge of the rib as a series of diagonal hatched lines. The head and neck are clearly outlined. Single vertical lines have been drawn over the horse.

    Obverse

  • Bone engraving of a horse, drawn on a fragment of rib, one end of which has been neatly cut. The other end has an ancient break. The horse faces right and is carefully drawn. The line of its mane is shown along the top edge of the rib as a series of diagonal hatched lines. The head and neck are clearly outlined. Single vertical lines have been drawn over the horse.

    Reverse

  • Engraved rib bone fragment intentionally grooved and snapped at one end and broken at the other. One side of the bone carries a carefully engraved drawing of the forequarters, head and neck of galloping horse shown facing right. The head is outstretched and the line of its upright mane is shown along the top edge of the rib as a series of diagonal hatched lines. The raised, foreshortened right leg is drawn towards the left end of the lower edge. Fine, widely spaced,  vertical lines are incised over and in front of the horse . The drawing is damaged by an ancient break at the left end of the bone. This break occurred after the bone had been coloured with red ochre and before the engraving had been crossed through with deep horizontal grooves. Such grooves do not occur on the opposite side of the bone which is decorated with slightly curved diagonal lines.

    Full: Front

  • Engraved rib bone fragment intentionally grooved and snapped at one end and broken at the other. One side of the bone carries a carefully engraved drawing of the forequarters, head and neck of galloping horse shown facing right. Prior to drawing, the bone was scraped smooth leaving faint tool marks on the surface. The horse head is outstretched, the eye, nostrils and mouth simply drawn, the back of the jaw strongly marked. The upright mane is shown along the top edge of the rib as a series of diagonal hatched lines and the line of the back extends behind it. The raised, foreshortened right leg is drawn towards the left end of the lower edge. Fine, widely spaced,  vertical lines are incised over and in front of the horse . The drawing is damaged by an ancient break at the left end of the bone. This break occurred after the bone had been coloured with red ochre and before the horse engraving had been crossed through with deep horizontal grooves. Such grooves do not occur on the opposite side of the bone which is decorated with slightly curved diagonal lines.

    Full: Front

  • Engraved rib bone fragment intentionally grooved and snapped at one end and broken at the other. One side of the bone carries a carefully engraved drawing of the forequarters, head and neck of galloping horse shown facing right. Prior to drawing, the bone was scraped smooth leaving faint tool marks on the surface. The horse head is outstretched, the eye, nostrils and mouth simply drawn, the back of the jaw strongly marked. The upright mane is shown along the top edge of the rib as a series of diagonal hatched lines and the line of the back extends behind it. The raised, foreshortened right leg is drawn towards the left end of the lower edge. Fine, widely spaced,  vertical lines are incised over and in front of the horse . The drawing is damaged by an ancient break at the left end of the bone. This break occurred after the bone had been coloured with red ochre and before the horse engraving had been crossed through with deep horizontal grooves. Such grooves do not occur on the opposite side of the bone which is decorated with slightly curved diagonal lines.

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