Small Reindeer Box

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This is a reproduction of a Lascaux reindeer as I imagine it might have looked, freshly painted 15,000 years ago. Raw umber paint is blown onto the stone. In some places I use my hand as a mask just as cave artists did, recreating in miniature the art techniques of the first artists. Reindeer were among the most common food of ice age people (according to their garbage dumps), yet are not frequently seen in existing cave art.

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This beautiful weathered 4" x 4" limestone tile is a light grey with lighter shapes in it that almost look like fossils. The pigment is earth-based, so this painting could survive for 30,000 years, just like the first cave art.  I don't usually put varnish on my stone paintings, but I put a light spray of archival varnish on this stone so that it may safely be wiped clean and withstand gentle handling. The stone begs to be touched!

The box has a walnut finish which contrasts nicely with the stone's colors. The insidehas the same alderwood finish as the outside. The box is 5.5" x 5.5" x 2.25" tall. The space inside the box measures approx. 4.375" x 4.375" by 1.25" tall. Signed on the bottom. 


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