List of Stone Age art

This Bradshaw rock painting from Australia shows tasseled costumed figures in various poses or actions.

This list presents a small selection of the work of artists who lived during the time that writing hadn't as yet been invented and popularized in human societies. This page contains, by sheer volume of the artwork discovered, a very incomplete list of the paintings, drawings, sculptures, engravings, and other works by the artists who created what we now call prehistoric art. For fuller lists see Art of the Upper Paleolithic, Art of the Middle Paleolithic, and Category:Prehistoric art and its many sub-categories.


Bison Licking Insect Bite, in carved antler. In the al Museum of Prehistory, Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil
Magdalenian Horse, c. 15,000 BCE, Musée d'Archéologie Nationale, France

Cave paintings and other Rock art

A group of wild or domesticated horses depicted by an unknown artist. (from Chauvet Cave in France)
A 16,000-year-old masterwork from the Lascaux cave in France

Venus figurines

The Venus of Monruz is an 11,000 year-old stylized pendant, 18 mm in height.

See also


  1. "Collections", National Museum of Prehistory in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil (in French)
  2. Martin Bailey Ice Age Lion Man is world’s earliest figurative sculpture The Art Newspaper, Jan 31, 2013, accessed Feb 01, 2013
  3. British Museum (2011). "British Museum - Horse engraving on bone". Retrieved 14 October 2011.
  4. British Museum; Ann Sieveking (1987). A catalogue of palaeolithic art in the British Museum. Published for the Trustees of the British Museum by British Museum Publications. pp. 112–. ISBN 978-0-7141-1376-0. Retrieved 14 October 2011.
  5. Donaldson, Mike The Gwion or Bradshaw art style of Australia’s Kimberley region is undoubtedly among the earliest rock art in the country –but is it Pleistocene? (free download) L’art pléistocène en Australie (Pré-Actes) IFRAO Congress, September 2010 p. 4.
  6. "U-Series Dating of Paleolithic Art in 11 Caves in Spain" by A.W.G. Pike et al., Science, 15 June 2012: 1462.
  7. "Oldest confirmed cave art is a single red dot" by Michael Marshall, New Scientist, 23 June 2012, pp. 10-11.
  8. Clottes, Jean (2003). Chauvet Cave: The Art of Earliest Times. Paul G. Bahn (translator). University of Utah Press. ISBN 0-87480-758-1. Translation of La Grotte Chauvet, l'art des origins, Éditions du Seuil, 2001, p. 214.
  9. Amos, Jonathan (June 14, 2012). "Red dot becomes 'oldest cave art'". BBC News. Archived from the original on 2012-06-15. Retrieved 15 June 2012. One motif – a faint red dot – is said to be more than 40,000 years old.
  10. Masters (2009-10-05).
  11. Michel Geneste, Jean (2010). "Earliest Evidence for Ground-Edge Axes: 35,400±410 cal BP from Jawoyn Country, Arnhem Land". Australian Archaeology. 71 (December): 66–69.
  12. "Les Combarelles - Grotte - Eyzies-de-Tayac - Périgord - Dordogne" (in French). Hominidé December 2007. Retrieved May 2011. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  13. South American Handbook. Trade and Travel Publications Limited. 1976.
  14. David S. Whitley (2001). Handbook of Rock Art Research. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 712–. ISBN 978-0-7425-0256-7.
  15. Aldenderfer 1998, pp. 56–57.
  16. Inventory number 47 019.
Swimming Reindeer, a 13,000-year-old mammoth-tusk sculpture now residing in the British Museum, depicts a female on the right and a male on the left.
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