Sunday, 8 May 2016

Cueva de las Manos, Río Pinturas

This is my favourite postcard of all postcards I have showing cave paintings because of the wonderful image of the canyon

Pinturas River Canyon and Cueva de las Manos
This postcard was sent from Finland by Sini

Cueva de las Manos (Spanish for Cave of Hands) is a cave or a series of caves located in the province of Santa CruzArgentina. It is famous for (and gets its name from) the paintings of hands. The art in the cave dates from 13,000 to 9,000 years ago. Several waves of people occupied the cave, and early artwork has been carbon-dated to ca. 9300 BP (about 7300 BC). The age of the paintings was calculated from the remains of bone-made pipes used for spraying the paint on the wall of the cave to create silhouettes of hands.
The images of hands are negative painted, that is, stencilled.
Besides these there are also depictions of human beings, guanacos (Lama guanicoe), rheasfelines and other animals, as well as geometric shapes, zigzag patterns, representations of the sun, and hunting scenes. The hunting scenes are naturalistic portrayals of a variety of hunting techniques, including the use of bolas. - in: wikipedia

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