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40,000-year-old cave art may be world's oldest animal drawing
The Southeast Asian island of Borneo joins a growing number of sites boasting early cave art innovation.
BY MAYA WEI-HAAS
PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 7, 2018 (LINK)
COUNTLESS CAVES PERCH atop the steep-sided mountains of East Kalimantan in Indonesia, on the island of Borneo. Draped in stone sheets and spindles, these natural limestone cathedrals showcase geology at its best. But tucked within the outcrops is something even more spectacular: a vast and ancient gallery of cave art.
Hundreds of hands wave in outline from the ceilings, fingers outstretched inside bursts of red-orange paint. Now, updated analysis of the cave walls suggests that these images stand among the earliest traces of human creativity, dating back between 52,000 and 40,000 years ago. That makes the cave art tens of thousands of years older than previously thought.
But that's not the only secret in the vast labyrinthine system.
In a cave named Lubang Jeriji Saléh, a trio of rotund cow-like creatures is sketched on the wall, with the largest standing more than seven feet across. The new dating analysis suggests that these images are at least 40,000 years old, earning them the title of the earliest figurative cave paintings yet found. The work edges out the previous title-holder—a portly babirusa, or “pig deer,” in Sulawesi, Indonesia—by just a few thousand years.
“In the entrance, there's a little chamber to the right, and it's there—bam,” says archaeologist Maxime Aubert of Griffith University. It's not the earliest cave art ever found. But unlike earlier scribbles and tracings, these paintings are unequivocal depictions of ancient animals, his team reports today in the journal Nature.
The bovines and handprints join a growing array of artwork of similar age that adorns the walls of caves around the world. These paintings mark a shift in how early humans thought about and engaged with their environment—from focusing on survival and daily mundane necessities to cultivating what could be the earliest threads of human culture, explains Paleolithic archeologist April Nowell of the University of Victoria.
“I think for a lot of us, that's a true expression of human-ness in the broadest sense of that word,” she says.
Banksy's shredding prank worked in rehersals, but still punked the elite art-collecting world IRL.
Just past the Autumnal Equinox.... some stencils to enjoy.
Photo/art: Joe Wasckerman in Seattle
C215 (thanks, BSA)
>NEW< Joe Wackerman (WA)
Sol (just one)
Gay Shame (just one)
Upper Haight (just one, from R$TR)
The Recent Climate Change Actions
The Richmond District (just one)
The Mission (thanks, Josiah)
New York (just one, by WK)
Photo: on the deAppropriation Wall, part of a memorial for René Yañez.
An end-of-summer upload, ya’ll! Thanks to: Amanda, Pod, Esmeralda, Josiah, Mary, Reddit, Brooklyn Street Art, and Street Art SF for the submissions/leads. While-uploading soundtrack is the free stream from LOCKN' fest.
0907 in Beijing (just one)
Blek in San Francisco
Robi the Dog (just one)
Seabrook, NH (just one, from 1977!)
Portland, OR (just one, #antifa)
Wisconsin (just one)
>NEW< RC Hagans
:::: Meanwhile, in San Francisco ::::
Clarion St. (just one)
The Mission (one from 1983!)
I'm the vessel, but the message is kept pure by inviting the viewer to interpret. Is it unsettling or beautiful? Tasteful or crass? Reverent or blasphemy? Or, everything at once, all the time?
Photo: Detail of a large piece by Adey WCA
Music support: Einstein on the Beach (1979 viynl ed.)
Thanks: Esmeralda, D'Louie, Kasia, and Gerry
::: THE FIRST WAVE :::
>NEW< Mosko et Associés (with Jerome Mesnager)
Artiste Ouvrier (with Jerome Mesnager)
::: THE NEW WAVE(S) :::
>NEW< Adey WCA
>NEW< Guate Mao
>NEW< Paddy 13
>NEW< WCA (Working Class Artist) w. Artiste Ouvrier
Mimi the Clown (Just One)
Sobre (Just One)
Stinkfish (Just One)
Tona (Just One)
wrdsmth (Just One)
Here (LINK) are the rest of my photos of the stencils in the Parisian streets. Thanks to Esmeralda and D'Louie for a sharp second, sometimes third, set of eyes. Merci to Kasia for giving me and Esmeralda a great tour of the Belleville area and tipping me off to the street art cache in Butte Aux Cailles. If you visit Paris, take her tour.
Keep an eye out for the next Paris upload: the Artists of Paris. Coming Soon!