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Lascaux Cave Red Cow
Title - Lascaux Cave Red Cow
Artist - Jim Smith

Photo of Lascaux Cave Drawing
estimated to be over 17,000 years old

Description - A finely carved wood rendering of the Red Cow drawing found on the Lascaux cave in southwestern France. The wood is white pine and the horns and tail are metal.

The Lascaux Cave - In 1940 four teenagers discovered the Lascaux cave and its walls covered with depictions of animals. The wall paintings are estimated to be 17 to 22 thousand years old. The cave was opened to the public in 1948 but the heat and carbon dioxide produced by over 1,000 visitors per day began to damage the paintings and the cave was closed to the public in 1963. After the cave was closed, the paintings were restored to their original state and some visitors were permitted.  A fungus appeared in the cave in 1998 probably caused by an air conditioning system, strong lights and visitors. Now only a few scientific experts are allowed to work in the cave for just a few days each month

Dimensions (inches) -  17h x 29w x 4d      Weight  < 14 lb

Item#  sj01    About the artist - click here