Los Manos Stone Ornament
Hand prints are found on rock art on almost every continent (and maybe even Antarctica by now) and some of the earliest images left by humans. There could be many different meanings for hand prints—as a signature, as a clan symbol, as part of a ceremony— but all of the group hand prints suggest uniquely human community.
I've used black, white, iron oxide red, burnt umber and black manganese paints to create a diverse group of hand prints like those found at Cueva de las Manos in Argentina. The hand prints in this cave date from 9,000 to 13,000 years old. The artists put one hand on the wall and sprayed pigment through a tube over it. Although prehistoric, the composition is surprisingly modern and abstract. My idea was to make them look as they did freshly painted. The earth-based paints I use are light-fast and, with care, should last another 13,000 years!
Smaller versions of my wall hanging stones, these are sized to fit on a tree, window shade pull, lamp base, you name it. They are painted on the front only, with a "d"-ring attached to the back and a leather cord included. It is signed on the back to keep up the illusion of being a lost fragment of prehistoric art.
Blown and hand painted earth pigment paint on sandstone.
About the ornament...
The stone is a piece of gold sandstone. It can be hard to see under all the hand prints, but it is a fine grain bronze/gold with a subtle silver mica shimmer. This ornament measures 3.625" wide by 5" high with a leather cord that extends up another 4".