Art and Sacred Sites, Caves in South of France, Divine Feminine, Font de Gaume, Marija Gimbutas, monotype prints, Neolithic cave art, pilgrimage
In my book, Art and Sacred Sites: Connecting with Spirit of Place, I have a chapter on Caves in South of France with specific reference to Font-de-Gaume in the Dordogne River Valley. (See my earlier post from July 3, 2015). Since my journey there was in 1995, I didn’t remember being able to photograph inside the cave and the only photograph I could find in my archives was an exterior view of the rock face. However, I did remember vividly the pubic triangle inscribed on the cave wall which spoke of ancient rituals inspired by the Divine Feminine.
So just the other day while going through some old snapshots, (yes, before digital), I found three photos of images of Font-de-Gaume. The simple line drawings are so beautiful and elegant! I was thrilled to re-visit the images of the sacred feminine, vulva shapes in the form of simple triangles, or more organic renditions scratched into the walls. I can see why I was inspired to create artwork upon returning to the studio.
According to Marija Gimbutas, these abstract female forms feature the buttocks and are often marked by one or two lines. (11,000 – 9,000BC).
Here are a few monotypes that were inspired by my pilgrimage to this ancient cave.
What a wonderful find (the photos). I am glad you shared this with us.
Linda Goodwin said:
I love these images. They’re powerful, stirring,
The vulva shape is an old-turkish pictogram named ËD which means CREATE.In those times,people thought that female reproductive organ creares the humanbeings,and thus it is sacred or divine.The pctogram had a triangle shape,Δ .
By the time the pictogram ËD became letter D.
Where is the circles painting at the top of the page,please?The above circles painting looks like the plan of Göbeklitepe (dated 12 000 ago) recently found in Turkey.
Hi, thanks for your information about the Turkish pictogram. I love that the vulva = create.
The circles at the top of my blog are cave paintings from Australia.
Many thanks for your response.