The first painted cave acknowledged as being paleolithic, meaning from stone Age, was Altamirah in Spain.The art discovered there was deemed by experts to be the work of modern humans (Homo sapians). Most examples of cave art have been found in France and Spain. Most cave art consist of paintings made with either red or black pigment. The red were made withiron oxides and charcoal were used for black. Sculptures have been discovered as well, And the engravings were made with fingers on soft walls or with flint of tools on hard surfaces. Cave art is generally considered to have a symbolic or religious function, sometimes both. The exact meanings of images remain unkown, but some experts think they may have been created within the framework of shamanic beliefs and practices. One such practice involved going into a deep cave for a ceremony during which a shaman would enter trance state and send his or her soul into the otherworld to make contact with the spirits. Examples of paintings and engravings in deep caves. i.e., existing completely in dark- are rare outside Europe, but they do exist in america (e.g., the Maya caves in Mexico, the so called mud-glyph caves in southeastern US), in Australia (Konalda Cave , southAustralia), and in Asia (the Kalimantan caves in Borneo, Indonesia, with many hand and stencils).
History Of Arts, Cave Art
Apr 16, 2020