Spearthrower engraved with four horse heads - cave of mas Azil

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Restoration of the fragment of the spear thruster to the 3 horse heads, one of which is scratched, but a 4th head which was to support the hook of the thruster by the substitute of the horse's ear has been added here.
On the back: one of the heads is extended by a neck. The propeller shaft is also lengthened.
This type of image, a flayed horse's head, has been found several times in the Azil Cave and may have had a ritual significance.

Dimensions :
Length: 26 cm.
Width: 15 cm.
Depth: 1.4 cm.
Material: Resin.
Culture: Madgalenian.
Period :  (-17000-12000 BP).
Place of discovery: commune of Saint-Géry, Lot.
Excavations Edouard Piette, 1887-1900 Piette Collection.
Location: National Archaeology Museum (Saint-Germain-en-Laye).
Inventory N°: MAN47080 - ARM 0119
Interpretation and repairs : Alain Morala Experimental prehistorian.

Reproduction made in acrylic resin enriched with ossein to be 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.
Version protected by INPI with the copyright "©The-Paleoscope" year 2014.

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The cave of Mas-d'Azil is a large tunnel 500 metres long dug by the river Arize through a wall in the Massif Plantaurelin, which is part of the Ariege Pyrenees. The secondary caves that emerge from the main tunnel have been occupied in different prehistoric and historical periods over a period of 20,000 years.

It was excavated by Edouard Piette in the 19th century, who interpreted the harness-shaped marks on the heads of animals as evidence of the domestication of reindeer and horses. The entrance to the Arize River, which marks the beginning of the cave to the south, consists of a hole 51 m high and 48 m wide in the massive limestone wall. A main road, the D119, runs through the central part of the cave.

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Spearthrower engraved with four horse heads - cave of mas Azil

Restoration of the fragment of the spear thruster to the 3 horse heads, one of which is scratched, but a 4th head which was to support the hook of the thruster by the substitute of the horse's ear has been added here.
On the back: one of the heads is extended by a neck. The propeller shaft is also lengthened.
This type of image, a flayed horse's head, has been found several times in the Azil Cave and may have had a ritual significance.

Dimensions :
Length: 26 cm.
Width: 15 cm.
Depth: 1.4 cm.
Material: Resin.
Culture: Madgalenian.
Period :  (-17000-12000 BP).
Place of discovery: commune of Saint-Géry, Lot.
Excavations Edouard Piette, 1887-1900 Piette Collection.
Location: National Archaeology Museum (Saint-Germain-en-Laye).
Inventory N°: MAN47080 - ARM 0119
Interpretation and repairs : Alain Morala Experimental prehistorian.

Reproduction made in acrylic resin enriched with ossein to be 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.
Version protected by INPI with the copyright "©The-Paleoscope" year 2014.

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