Collection: National Archaeology Museum © RMN-Grand Palais / Jean Schormans

Bruniquel (Tarn-et-Garonne): decorated-bone dart thrower known as “the jumping horse”

Created with reindeer antlers, this piece is traditionally regarded as a dart or spear thrower, although certain authors have questioned this such a consideration due to the absence of a hook at the top and the presence of a hole at the bottom. The artist used the natural form of the support to create an object rendering the dynamism of a horse in motion. Resting on its hind legs sculpted in relief at the end of the piece's trunk, the horse picks up his front legs under his body to jump with the neck and head stretched forward.