Hand Paintings or Hand Prints

Hand paintings are commonly depicted in rock art around the world from a wide variety of historic periods and cultures. According to Wiki "The most common rock art element found around the world, the human hand, exemplifies several pictography types. A technique used since the Neolithic is spraying around a hand, resulting in a negative image. The more common positive print was often made with pigment applied to the hand and transferred to the rock." See also http://www.bradshawfoundation.com/hands/

Connected Sites

Site Rationale Link
Altamira Cave At Monte Castillo
Chiribiquete National Park
Cueva de las Manos "The entrance to the Cueva de los Manos is screened by a rock wall that is covered by many hand stencils" (AB ev)
Ennedi Massif "There were numerous handprints from both men and women found among the rock art" (wiki)
Greater Blue Mountains
Mesa Verde As part of a panel found on Mesa Verde’s Petroglyph Point Trail.
Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka
Tasmanian Wilderness "Red ochre hand stencils, ochre smears, and other amorphous marks have been found in caves throughout the property" (crit vi)
Tehuacán-Cuicatlán Valley 22F Cueva de las Manitas: Within the rock shelter, cave art is found with diverse zoomorphic and anthropomorphic motifs, such as feet soles and hands, from which this place gets its name. In the middle point of the rockshelter, the hands appear going upwards to the ceiling. (nom file)
Wadi Rum


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