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Red horse, goat and hand

  • Red horse, goat and hand. Museo Nacional y Centro de Investigación de Altamira © Pedro Saura

    Red horse, goat and hand. Museo Nacional y Centro de Investigación de Altamira © Pedro Saura





22000 BP

Cultural background


Original title

Caballo rojo, cabra y mano
Altamira National Museum and Research Centre
Santillana del Mar

They match the art from the Gravettian era, the earliest era with human presence in the cave.

It is a detail from one of the horses whose silhouette is filled in with red. Next to it there is the shape of a hand on the rock and a wild goat drawn with simple lines.

The ceiling was filled initially with red figures, especially horses. Then, many does and a few deer were engraved next to some figures that are shaped more like humans. Later on, polychrome bison (also a doe and a horse) covered the ceiling almost entirely. And finally, some bison, only black, took up free spaces just before the cave stayed completely dark when the entrance collapsed.

Details of the work

Altamira caves

Mural painting


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