Small Mammoth Box


This is an interpretation of one of the many mammoths at the French cave of Rouffignac as I imagine it might have looked, freshly painted. Burnt umber paint is blown and hand painted onto stone, then I carve in to the surface for detail lines, recreating in miniature the art techniques of the first artists.

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 inside bottom is lined with black velvet. 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. 

Mammoth Small Box

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