Sulawesi Island Cave Paintings – UPSC Prelims

  • These are Pleistocene-era rock paintings dating back to 45,000-20,000 years in Maros-Pangkep region in Sulawesi Island of Indonesia.
  • Some important artworks include:
    • World’s oldest hand stencil (almost 40,000 years ago): It was created by pressing the hand on a cave wall and spraying wet red-mulberry pigments over it.
    • World’s oldest depiction of an animal (almost 45,500 years ago): The animal depicted is a warty pig painted on the wall.
    • Earliest known narrative scene in prehistoric art depicting a hunting scene.
  • Why in News? They are degrading due to climate change.

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