Collection: National Archaeology Museum © RMN-Grand Palais / Loïc Hamon

Espélugues Cave (Lourdes, Hautes-Pyrénées): horse statuette

Excavated in the late 19th century, the Espélugues Cave harboured a rich deposit from the Magdalenian, which opened up an abundant series of artefacts. This includes a horse statuette built from mammoth ivory and depicting an animal standing with its head stretched forward in line with the back. Anatomical details are represented by precise engravings or incisions: the eye, nose, mouth, modelled cheek and coat.