Behind the Cave Art of Transylvania is a 100 words story inspired by the Paleolithic horse cave paintings of Transylvania.
Art is a way of expressing one self, of celebrating an event or slaying one’s demons. Of course, in the cave paintings they created the Neanderthals would have painted their world as they’ve seen it, depicted their dreams and their fears.
But what about the emotions trapped in these cave paintings? Read on.
Behind the Cave Art of Transylvania
From their overhanging rocky shelter she assessed the river’s dark ribbon, wider, a sign of snow thawing and game returning.
Inside, her pigments were ready, contained in horn vessels. She pointed and named the colors slowly, stalking any reaction on the face of the child who looked without seeing.
It took her a year to gather the shades: terracotta, earth, sunset… midnight. Bear fat and sap to seal the drawing.
Her squirrel hair brush danced on the cave’s wall. A horse came alive, rearing, hunted by a child.
And the boy’s hand-print floating above. In warning.
No more hunting accidents.
© Patricia Furstenberg, 2001, All Rights Reserved.
The seed of this story.
The Paleolithic civilization that developed in the geographical area known today as Transylvania has left numerous cultural vestiges behind, such as the cave paintings depicting horses and found in Cuciulat, near Someș river in Sălaj district.
You can read further on my blog what are the Paleolithic horse paintings of Transylvania telling us about the lifestyle of Neanderthals and you can discover how were the cave paintings done.
I hope you enjoyed my 100 words story about the Cave Art of Transylvania. There will be more to follow, as I plan to travel through history. So…
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