Perfectly preserved 15,000-year-old bison sculptures discovered in France

Art has always represented an inspiration for people and it existed since the prehistoric times. Oil paintings or engravings have been discovered in caves and grottos all over the world and they represent the first forms of art on Earth. Inspired by their lifestyle, the nature or the wildlife, the prehistoric human left this cultural legacy for the next generations.

While paintings can be frequently found, not the same can we tell about sculptures. Either more difficult to preserve or more complicated to create, they are the rarest form of art from the prehistoric times. Therefore, when discovered they can only be even more fascinating and interesting. Such a rarity is the sculpture of two bison which perfectly preserved for roughly 15,000 years.


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Apparently the extremely rare sculpture had been accidentally discovered by three teenagers – the Bégouen brothers, back in 1912. The carbon tests later revealed these sculptures are 15,000-year-old. The discovery was made in the Tuc d’Audoubert cave in the French Pyrenees.

The sculptures are two feet in length, eighteen inches in height and about 4 inches deep. Standing on a rock next to each other, the sculptures are modelled in clay and in order to make them look smooth, the artist that made them gave them a wet finish.

More about this unique sculpture here!

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