Finds from the Vogelherd cave

Wild Horse

Horse
Photo: Hilde Jensen, University of Tübingen

Probably the most famous among manís earliest works of art is the impressive ivory carving: "The Wild Horse from Vogelherd". It is exceptionally accurately shaped, perfect in form and remarkably expressive. Due to the curved neck, it is usually thought to represent a stallion with an aggressive or imposing bearing. Only the head is completely preserved. Due to the flaking of external ivory layers, the width has been reduced and the legs have broken off. There are engraved symbols, including cross marks and angular signs, on the back of the neck, as well as on the back and the left chest.

Length:
4,8 cm
Height:
2,5 cm
Width:
0,7 cm
Site:
Vogelherd, Stetten
The original carving is in the Museum Schloss Hohentübingen, Tübingen, Germany






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