4. Bhimbetka Cave Paintings

Prehistoric art in India has long been neglected. Because of this neglect, only now are these important archeology works being dated. The dates seem to be between 1,000,000 BCE and 9,000 BCE.

Here is a spot where one can be seated and look at some of the cave paintings of Bhimbetka. Let’s take a closer look.

What story do you think the seated boys were creating for themselves from this small area rich with inspirational ideas?

Because many of the ancient paintings of India were painted over, not in a wish to destroy them, but as part of a ceremony, it is important to note the small white figures at the bottom of the painting are evidence of later ceremonial painting.


The artist used the bumps in the natural canvas in a wonderful way. I suspect that kids around the world have had toy soldiers. The use of stick figures gives the artist a freedom to create.

This shows you how simply designed figures have impact on the essence of this image.

Is this a celebration or a fight?

If you look very closely, you will find two birds in the enlargement below.

Found in another place in the hills, this provides us a way to see another artist’s view of the same subject.

Marching off to war with the swords held high.

Fortunately the artists of prehistoric time were not limited to flat surfaces. Take a look at this.

I am not sure just when the inner pressure to create started in this world. I am sure that the desire to make designs on special things has been around for thousands of years. These huge trees provide new textures for artists to work with.

Another and more difficult canvas presented itself to someone.

In this case you have to look hard to find the paintings. Weather may have washed a lot of the paintings away.

Bhimbetka’s rock art changed over time. There is a wonderful mystic feeling in a place called Zoo Rock Art.