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The expression of “cave painting” usually refers to drawing, stencil art and painting on the walls and ceilings of prehistoric caves of the Stone Age. Evidence indicates it began during the Aurignacian period (around 30,000 BC) but reached a highpoint during the late Magdalenian period. The most spectacular examples of this rock art have been discovered in France and Spain, where archeologists have found some 350 caves containing Paleolithic artworks, but other decorated caves have been found in many parts of the world. Stone Age artists created a variety of figurative and abstract images. The naturalistic picture mostly depicted hunting scenes, or arrangements of animals - usually bison, horses, reindeer, cattle, aurochs and mammoths, although a wide variety of other creatures were depicted, such as: lions, musk ox, ass, saiga, chamois, wolf , fox, hare, otter, hyena, seals, fish, reptiles, birds and other creatures also appear. Abstract imagery was also common. Paleolithic murals frequently contain a variety of dots, lines, signs and symbols (ideomorphs), together with a mixture of zoomorphs, anthromorphs and polymorphs
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Drawing of humans were rare and usually schematic rather than the more naturalistic animal subjects. One explanation for this is that that realistically painting the human form was forbidden by a powerful

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