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Cave of Hands

Cave of Hands

Being a UNESCO World Heritage site, Cave of the Hands  (or “Cueva de las Manos”) is a series of rocky overhangs in a remote part of Argentinian Patagonia, containing some of the best ancient cave art to be found nowhere else in the world.

The artwork in the cave dates from 13.000 to 9.000 years ago. The age of the paintings was calculated from the remains of bone-made pipes which were used for spraying the paint on the cave wall to create silhouettes of hands. The images are negative painted; that is, stenciled.

Most of the prints are of left hands, which suggests that painters held the spraying pipe in their right hand, or they rested the back of their right hand to the wall and held the spraying pipe with their left hand. Aside from handprints, there are also depictions of human beings and animals such as guanacos (a camelid type native to South America, closely related to the llama), rheas, and felines, as well as geometric shapes, zigzag patterns, sun representations, and hunting scenes.

Cave of Hands - Stenciled handprints

Stenciled handprints dating back 10.000 years, some of the earliest forms of cave art.

The hunting scenes in the cave depict animals and human figures as interacting with each other in a dynamic and naturalistic manner. Different hunting strategies are depicted such as hunting with animals being surrounded, ambushed, or attacked by hunters using weighted throwing weapons called bolas. Some scenes show individual hunters while others show groups of ten or more men.

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  • The artwork in the cave dates from 13.000 to 9.000 years ago. The age of the paintings was calculated from the remains of bone-made pipes which were used for spraying the paint on the cave wall to create silhouettes of hands.
cave of hands - Wall-paintings

: Wall-paintings dating back 10.000 years, some of the earliest forms of cave art.

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