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A general term used to refer to the rock art of the Upper Palaeolithic of northern Europe, often regarded as some of the oldest representational art in the world. It is generally divided into mobiliary art and parietal art. The subject matter is predominantly animals, especially large herbivores such as mammoth, horse, wild cattle, deer, and bison. There are some human forms depicted, and also what are regarded as abstract forms of unknown meaning. The parietal art is generally executed in a range of colours, including reds, black, yellows, and browns derived from ochre and other naturally occurring mineral pigments.

Subjects: Archaeology.

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