Birds of Cave Art

owl Chauvet

ORIGINAL ART: OWL DRAWN WITH FINGERS IN MUD
CHAUVET CAVES, FRANCE     36,000 B.C.E.

Birds are among the rarer of cave images. With the discovery in 1994 or Chauvet Caves in France came the addition of this wonderfully detailed striped owl. It was created by fingers being drawn through wet mud to make the stripes and the outline.

Birds seem to have made up a fair part of the Stone Age diet, and their relative absence from cave art is among the arguments currently posited that the reason for the many cave images was not to magically improve the capture of food, but was part of religious and spiritual practice.

The birds that do show up in cave art are mainly raptors, birds that would have been seen soaring high in the sky or swooping through the dark night with super-human vision. This may have linked these birds with the gods, their myths, and even constellations.

RAKU CAVE ART POTTERY FOR SALE by LAURA ROSE

  • Raku is not for use with food or water and art is always best kept out of direct sunlight.
  • The piece is designed to be complete as it is, but to use as a vase choose dried flowers or grasses, or insert a glass with water or small planter with an orchid.
  • To purchase or commission a piece, contact the artist Laura Rose.

CURRENT INVENTORY:

None at this time.

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