Panel VIII

Horse VIII-1 has two quite naturalistic fore legs, since hoofs and fetlocks are depicted. These are the most visible parts of the animal. Only one hind leg is depicted, but it is quite detailed. Two long indeterminate lines (too long to represent the second leg or the phallus) emerge from the top of the thigh; do they belong to the drawing of the horse? They were engraved with a striated line before the hindleg. The tail too is exaggeratedly long. This horse thus has a disproportionate outline with its short forelegs, its thick neck, its excessively long tail, and its tiny head in which only the jaw is correct. This horse was engraved above an indented circle and a series of parallel lines.

In the centre of the panel there are two horses laid out head to foot. Horse X-1 is bigger (height 39 cm x length 42 cm) and faces the back of the fissure. It is headless. However, the artist took particular care with the fore legs: the right one is deeply and clearly engraved, and highly detailed with the fetlock depicted. The left one, behind the right, is longer. Here, the artist used a calcited Wssure that resembles a fore leg. A few engraved lines accentuate this natural shape. The hind leg also uses relief, since a little vein of calcite suggests the back of the limb.

The second horse, facing right and slightly rearing up, is smaller (height 21 cm x length 20 cm). Its neck is cut by that of the big horse. Its head is too small for its body, but is Wnely engraved. Its limbs are not detailed.

The head and neck of these two horses are placed on an assemblage of dense clusters of lines orientated obliquely. In places, the surface seems to have been scraped.

Observation and analysis of the superimposition of lines make it possible to establish the chronological order in which the different engravings were produced. The order is as follows:

(1) scraping of the upper part;

(3) assemblage of lines including the striations at the level of the big horse's fore legs;

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