Norbert Aujoulat © Centre national de la Préhistoire

Lascaux Cave (Montignac, Dordogne): Red Cow and First Chinese Horse

At the Lascaux Cave (19,000 BP), the two most depicted species are the cow and the horse. They are present on numerous panels and are nearly always beside each other. In the Axial Diverticulum, the gallery that starts at the Hall of Bulls in front of the cave entrance, the "Chinese Horses" panel shows the association of three horses and a large red cow. These horses bear witness to different painting techniques: brushstrokes for contour lines and for tails which, as is frequent at Lascaux, wind down to the ground and projecting dyestuff for manes and coats.