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In the Pyrenees mountains, the Magdalenians, the last hunters of prehistoric times, have lived off a vast territory for six millenium and produced a remarkable portable art. This civilization without writing is illustrated by 450 artefacts : tools, hunting weapons, works of art on bone, ivory, cervidae antler and stone, discovered during archaeological excavations. The topics of this art essentially involve the great wild fauna consisting in horses, bisons, ibex, stags, reindeers and sometimes man himself is represented as a masked or a caricaturised figure.


HORSES

BISONS

IBEX

FAWNS
STAGS
REINDEERS
HUMANS

This outstanding art of the Magdalenian hunter-gatherers is dated between 17 000 and 11 000 BP. Its inspiration was based on in a privileged relationship between man and its animal environment .

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