The Cave Art Paintings of the Chauvet Cave

The Red hand stencil and partial outline of a black mammoth, found in the Red Panels Gallery, are located more specifically on the Panel of Hand Stencils. The hand stencil has been placed inside the outline of the animal, on its flank.Researchers have been able to determine that the mammoth was drawn before the hand. The mammoth was reduced by the artist to its trunk, neck line and a short dorsal line. On either side of the outlines there are some slender marks; the one between the trunk and the red hand appears to represent the tusk.
Red Pigment
Size (Length)
Hand (15cm)
Cave Location
Recess of the Bears
Age / Period
Chauvet Cave Paintings Gallery
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Chauvet Cave Gallery Index