Grasshopper and birds engraved on bone, from the Enlène cave at Montesquieu-Avantès, Ariège.
It was found at the entrance to the gallery leading to Les Trois-Frères, and has long been attributed to the latter cave.
This fragment of engraved bone bears a very precise engraving of a grasshopper (genus Troglophilus), made with great attention to detail. In addition to its artistic interest, this grasshopper indicates its presence in the Pyrenees during the Ice Age occurring in the Magdalenian at a time when it was thought to have disappeared.
Representations of insects are rare in parietal art, either due to a lack of interest on the part of the men of the time and/or due to the scarcity of insects due to the low temperatures. This piece was finally attributed to the Enlene cave, since it was discovered "near the entrance of the corridor leading from the cave of Enlene to that of the Trois Frères .
The Enlène cave or Enlène cave is a cave essentially inhabited by the Middle Magdalenian (Upper Paleolithic, Magdalenian IV) located in the commune of Montesquieu-Avantès in Ariège, in the Occitan region of France.
Period : (-17000-12000 BP).
Place of discovery : Grotte des Trois Frères ( Ariège ).
Made of acrylic resin enriched with ossein to ensure that the reproduction is as faithful as possible to the appearance of the original model.
The piece is mounted on a solid oak base. This type of base makes it possible to remove the object completely from its base and admire it more easily from all angles.
Reproduction sold with an authentication document + its base + its reinforced transport box.
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