Panel IV

The whole of panel IV is dominated by horses; the decipherment and recording of this heavily laden and high complex panel are still under way.

Horse 1 (length 37 x 23 cm) now appears to be a figure that is both painted and engraved. The animal has a very upright posture, its head held high, the chest vertical. The head is exaggeratedly long, and ends in an open mouth. The jaw is absent; the head appears abnormally thin. The silhouette is Wlled with an area of red ochre which has an inner decoration of interlaced lines and Wne striations executed after the red paint. The outlines were done after the application of the red with a scraped line and some Wne multiple incisions that form lighter bands. These outlines are emphasized in places with black paint, especially at the level of the belly and the back. The neck is highlighted with the brown colour of the wall at that point; so are dealing with an engraved polychrome animal. The artist was admirably able to play with the colours of the rock. Horse 3 faces right, small head, lips not very drooping, eye depicted. Horse 7 has a tiny duck-bill head, and an overdeveloped neck. Horse 8 has a small characterless head, entrenched in the mane like that of horse 5 of panel XII; this head is set horizontally, not very clear of the neck; the jaw is not very accentuated, while the lips are barely sketched in and not drooping. The arched neck is exaggerated.

Horse 10 is incomplete; it has a perfectly shaped hind leg and tail. Horse 15 has a strange head; its multiple outline seems to depict an open mouth recalling that of horse IV-1.

Number 16 is a large horse (length 40 cm) with a highly curved neck and a hanging belly. Its body is covered with clusters of vertical striations. The nostrils are formed by a natural hole.

Horse 17 is another example in which only the very curved neck is depicted, ending in a tiny duck-bill head.

Horse 19 is reduced to a duck-bill head, with an abnormally narrow neck.

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