Styles

In this section you can search all our contents throughout the different stages in the history of art in Spain, to find styles such as Baroque, Gothic, Mudejar and many, many more.

Picasso. 'Guernica' Modernism and Avant-garde movements The turn of the century brought new winds of modernity. The aesthetic sensibility of the time was marked by a different, freer attitude towards art and life.

Topics

In this section you can search among all our contents by topic to find the different resources available in Spain, such as museums, routes, destinations, monuments and many, many more.

Audience

This section provides access to all the contents in a personalised way, according to your own particular interests and socio-demographic profile.

Perforated stick

  • Perforated baton. Museo Nacional y Centro de Investigación de Altamira © Pedro Saura

    Perforated baton. Museo Nacional y Centro de Investigación de Altamira © Pedro Saura

     
  • Tracing of a perforated stick. Altamira National Museum and Research Centre © Ministerio de Cultura

    Tracing of a perforated stick. Altamira National Museum and Research Centre © Ministerio de Cultura

  

Category

Instruments, utensils and tools

Date

10310 BP

Cultural background

Palaeolithic

Original title

Bastón perforado
Altamira National Museum and Research Centre
Santillana del Mar
Cantabria
Cantabria

Made from the tip of a deer horn, with a magnificent male deer depicted on it.

In general, figures were engraved on perforated sticks, using the shape and the material of the horn. They are very striking objects but their purpose is uncertain. It is believed that they were used to straighten the rods taken from deer horn. Specifically, to eliminate their natural curve before making spear or harpoon heads with them.

Details of the work

Object
Walking stick

Dimensions
Longitud: 246 mm.; Anchura: 53 mm.; Grosor: 45 mm.

Technique
Corte, serrado, trazo simple, pulido, perforación

Material
Asta, ocre

  

Find tourist information in the surroundings

spain is culture