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Exploring the depths of human perception, the cave becomes a metaphorical gateway to enlightenment

Background imageCave Collection: Pub Darts Match

Pub Darts Match
A serious darts match held in the Merlins Cave, Clerkenwell, between the home team and the Lord High Admiral in the Barclay League

Background imageCave Collection: Stone-age cave paintings, Chauvet, France

Stone-age cave paintings, Chauvet, France
Stone-age cave paintings. Artwork depicting various animals painted on the wall of a cave. These paintings are found in the Chauvet Cave, France

Background imageCave Collection: Platos Cave Allegory

Platos Cave Allegory
In Platos Republic Socrates likens mankind to prisoners in a cave who see only the shadows of reality, and the philosophers to those who have been given a glimpse of it

Background imageCave Collection: The Deposition, 1507 (oil on panel)

The Deposition, 1507 (oil on panel)
XJL62308 The Deposition, 1507 (oil on panel) by Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio of Urbino) (1483-1520); 184x176 cm; Galleria Borghese, Rome, Lazio, Italy; (add.info.: Also known as The Entombment)

Background imageCave Collection: BULL: LASCAUX, FRANCE. Head of a bull from the Cave of Lascaux, Montignac, France

BULL: LASCAUX, FRANCE. Head of a bull from the Cave of Lascaux, Montignac, France

Background imageCave Collection: Stone-age cave paintings, Chauvet, France

Stone-age cave paintings, Chauvet, France
Stone-age cave paintings. Artwork of horses painted on the wall of a cave. These paintings are found in the Chauvet Cave, France, the site of the earliest known cave paintings (as of 2011)

Background imageCave Collection: Lascaux II cave painting replica C013 / 7378

Lascaux II cave painting replica C013 / 7378
Lascaux II replica of a Lascaux cave painting. These are deer and auroch figures in the Great Hall of the Bulls. The original Lascaux cave was closed to the public in 1963

Background imageCave Collection: Bar built in cliff caves, Cova d en Xoroi in evening, Cala en Porter, Menorca, Balearic Islands

Bar built in cliff caves, Cova d en Xoroi in evening, Cala en Porter, Menorca, Balearic Islands, Spain, Mediterranean, Europe

Background imageCave Collection: Stone-age cave paintings, Chauvet, France

Stone-age cave paintings, Chauvet, France
Stone-age cave paintings. Artwork depicting various animals painted on the wall of a cave. These paintings are found in the Chauvet Cave, France

Background imageCave Collection: Deux meres ( Two Mothers ), 1888. Artist: Leon-Maxime Faivre

Deux meres ( Two Mothers ), 1888. Artist: Leon-Maxime Faivre
Deux meres ( Two Mothers ), 1888. From the Musee d Orsay, Paris

Background imageCave Collection: Merlins Cave K900465

Merlins Cave K900465
TINTAGEL CASTLE, Cornwall. The sea entering Merlins Cave

Background imageCave Collection: Stone-age cave paintings, Chauvet, France

Stone-age cave paintings, Chauvet, France
Stone-age cave paintings. Artwork depicting various animals painted on the wall of a cave. These paintings are found in the Chauvet Cave, France

Background imageCave Collection: Stone-age cave paintings, Chauvet, France

Stone-age cave paintings, Chauvet, France
Stone-age cave paintings. Artwork of fighting rhinoceroses painted on the wall of a cave. These paintings are found in the Chauvet Cave, France

Background imageCave Collection: LASCAUX: RUNNING DEER. Running deer from the Cave of Lascaux, Montignac, France

LASCAUX: RUNNING DEER. Running deer from the Cave of Lascaux, Montignac, France

Background imageCave Collection: Lourdes - The statue in the Grotto

Lourdes - The statue in the Grotto
Statue of Our Lady of Lourdes, France in the Grotto at this sacred Christian site

Background imageCave Collection: Buddha statue in cliffs (since destroyed by the Taliban), Bamiyan, Afghanistan

Buddha statue in cliffs (since destroyed by the Taliban), Bamiyan, Afghanistan

Background imageCave Collection: The Great He-Goat, 1820-1823, by Francisco de Goya

The Great He-Goat, 1820-1823, by Francisco de Goya
Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (1746-1828). Spanish painter. The Great He-Goat, 1820-1823. Detail. Prado Museum. Madrid. Spain

Background imageCave Collection: The Ford at Cave River, Clarendon, Jamaica, West Indies

The Ford at Cave River, Clarendon, Jamaica, West Indies. circa 1910

Background imageCave Collection: Ancient fresco, Sigiriya, UNESCO World Heritage Site, North Central Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Ancient fresco, Sigiriya, UNESCO World Heritage Site, North Central Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Background imageCave Collection: A climber ascending a cave archway at Foxhole, Gower Peninsula, Wales, United Kingdom

A climber ascending a cave archway at Foxhole, Gower Peninsula, Wales, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageCave Collection: Sassi di Matera, Basilicata, Italy

Sassi di Matera, Basilicata, Italy
Lonely Planet describes Matera as Italys most extraordinary town" due to its incredible old town, the Sassi (i sassi)

Background imageCave Collection: Cave of Plato, Jan Saenredam, Cornelis Cornelisz. van Haarlem, 1604

Cave of Plato, Jan Saenredam, Cornelis Cornelisz. van Haarlem, 1604

Background imageCave Collection: Lascaux cave painting, Bordeaux, France (photo)

Lascaux cave painting, Bordeaux, France (photo)
KW1078074 Lascaux cave painting, Bordeaux, France (photo); (add.info.: Bordeaux, Gironde Department, Aquitaine, France. Exact facsimile of a painting from the Lascaux cave exhibited in the Musee d)

Background imageCave Collection: South Condurrow Mine, Camborne, Cornwall. 1892

South Condurrow Mine, Camborne, Cornwall. 1892
Four miners standing in the Cathedral, at South Condurrow mine. In 1897 part of the property was transferred to Camborne School of Mines as the (later) King Edward VII mine

Background imageCave Collection: Lascaux cave painting Period: Paleolithic, c. 18, 000 years ago, Vezere Valley, Dordogne

Lascaux cave painting Period: Paleolithic, c. 18, 000 years ago, Vezere Valley, Dordogne, France JFL00048
FL-3018 Lascaux cave painting Period: Paleolithic, c.18, 000 years ago Vezere Valley, Dordogne, France Ferrero Labat contact details: prints@ardea.com tel: +44 (0) 20 8318 1401

Background imageCave Collection: CAVE ART: PECH MERLE. Prehistoric human handprint from Pech Merle cave, France

CAVE ART: PECH MERLE. Prehistoric human handprint from Pech Merle cave, France

Background imageCave Collection: Classical Greek gods allegorised

Classical Greek gods allegorised
The classical Greek gods allegorised. Date: 18th century

Background imageCave Collection: Cave Hill and Belfast Castle

Cave Hill and Belfast Castle - a side view of the Cave Hill with Belfast Castle underneath in the vegetation. (Location: Northern Ireland: County Antrim: Belfast). Date: circa early 1900s

Background imageCave Collection: Paleolithic. France. Cabrerets. Pech Merle cave. The dotted

Paleolithic. France. Cabrerets. Pech Merle cave. The dotted
Prehistory. Paleolithic. France. Cabrerets. Pech Merle cave. The dotted horse. His head is drawn in the natural cut of the rock. On his back, a large red fish. Six black hands all around the horses

Background imageCave Collection: Beware of the dog mosaic

Beware of the dog mosaic
Pompeii, mosaic warning visitors Cave canem (beware of the dog) in Pompeii Date: before 79

Background imageCave Collection: Rock Abstract Art Western Australia

Rock Abstract Art Western Australia
Part of a cave where there were aboriginal paintings in the northern areas of Western Australia. Together with the rock texture and colours it creates a beautiful abstract image

Background imageCave Collection: Cueva de las Manos (Cave of Hands), UNESCO World Heritage Site, a cave or series

Cueva de las Manos (Cave of Hands), UNESCO World Heritage Site, a cave or series of caves located in the province of Santa Cruz, 163 km south of the town of Perito Moreno, Patagonia, Argentina

Background imageCave Collection: Lascaux II cave painting replica C013 / 7382

Lascaux II cave painting replica C013 / 7382
Lascaux II replica of a Lascaux cave painting. These are horse and cow figures in the central gallery. The original Lascaux cave was closed to the public in 1963

Background imageCave Collection: Venus of Laussel. 25 mil. -18 mil. BC. Venus

Venus of Laussel. 25 mil. -18 mil. BC. Venus holding a horn. Upper Paleolithic. Solutrean. Relief on rock. FRANCE. Bordeaux. Mus饠 d Aquitaine (Aquitaine Museum). Proc: FRANCE. LOT-ET-GARONNE

Background imageCave Collection: Cave of the Hands. ARGENTINA. SANTA CRUZ. Detail

Cave of the Hands. ARGENTINA. SANTA CRUZ. Detail of the paintings. Neolithic art. Fresco

Background imageCave Collection: The portico in wrought iron on entrance door to Champagne Louis Roederer, Reims

The portico in wrought iron on entrance door to Champagne Louis Roederer, Reims, Champagne, Marne, Ardennes, France

Background imageCave Collection: Ancient frescoes, Sigiriya, UNESCO World Heritage Site, North Central Province, Sri Lanka, Asia

Ancient frescoes, Sigiriya, UNESCO World Heritage Site, North Central Province, Sri Lanka, Asia
The Sigiriya Frescoes were painted on the western surface of Sigiriya Rock, located in Central Sri Lanka. Painted over fifteen hundred and thirty years ago

Background imageCave Collection: CAVE ART: BISON. Bison from the Nave at Lascaux, Dordogne, France, 7 feet and 10. 5 inches

CAVE ART: BISON. Bison from the Nave at Lascaux, Dordogne, France, 7 feet and 10. 5 inches. Style III (c15, 000 B. C. )
CAVE ART: BISON. Bison from the Nave at Lascaux, Dordogne, France, 7 feet and 10.5 inches. Style III (c15, 000 B.C.)

Background imageCave Collection: Prehistoric cave art of a bull, Altamira, Spain

Prehistoric cave art of a bull, Altamira, Spain
Prehistoric cave painting of a bull, Altamira, Spain. Color halftone reproduction

Background imageCave Collection: Smugglers Unload Goods

Smugglers Unload Goods
A band of smugglers unload their cargo of contraband into a secluded coastal cave, constantly checking for any nearby customs men

Background imageCave Collection: Lourdes grotto, Lourdes, Hautes Pyrenees, France, Europe

Lourdes grotto, Lourdes, Hautes Pyrenees, France, Europe

Background imageCave Collection: Hypnos, God of Sleep

Hypnos, God of Sleep
HYPNOS is the Greek god of sleep, known as SOMNUS to the Romans; he lives in a cave in the Cimmerian country where the sun never shines

Background imageCave Collection: Cave of Crystals, Naica Mine, Mexico

Cave of Crystals, Naica Mine, Mexico
^BCave of Crystals.^b Geologist in the Cave of Crystals (^ICueva de los Cristales^i) in Naica Mine, Chihuahua, Mexico. The crystals are the largest known in the world

Background imageCave Collection: Milky Way Over Hollow Rock

Milky Way Over Hollow Rock
Hollow rock is an iconic coastal formation located on the North West side of Lake Superior. Air glow creates a colorful luminescent atmosphere below the night sky and Milky Way

Background imageCave Collection: The sea caves of Benagil with natural windows on the clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean

The sea caves of Benagil with natural windows on the clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean, Faro District, Algarve, Portugal, Europe

Background imageCave Collection: Picture No. 10766707

Picture No. 10766707
Australia - aboriginal rock painting of Kangaroos Date:

Background imageCave Collection: Neanderthal spear point

Neanderthal spear point
A spear point once belonging to that of Neanderthal Man (Homo neanderthalensis). This specimen was discovered in Gorhams Cave, Gibraltar

Background imageCave Collection: Sigiriya Damsels or Cloud Maidens, Sigiriya Lion Rock Fortress, UNESCO World Heritage Site

Sigiriya Damsels or Cloud Maidens, Sigiriya Lion Rock Fortress, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sigiriya, Sri Lanka, Asia




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Exploring the depths of human perception, the cave becomes a metaphorical gateway to enlightenment. Just like Plato's Cave Allegory, where prisoners mistake shadows for reality, we too often find ourselves trapped in our own limited perspectives. The replica of Lascaux II cave painting C013/7378 takes us back thousands of years, reminding us of the ancient wisdom and artistic expressions that have been preserved within these mysterious caverns. Stone-age cave paintings found in Chauvet, France further unveil humanity's innate desire to leave its mark on history. Hidden within cliff caves lies an unexpected treasure - Cova d'en Xoroi in Cala en Porter, Menorca. As evening falls and a pub darts match commences inside this unique bar built into nature's embrace, one can't help but marvel at the ingenuity and adaptability of humankind. Venturing deeper into history, South Condurrow Mine in Camborne transports us to Cornwall during 1892 when miners risked their lives daily to extract precious minerals from beneath the earth's surface. The resilience and determination displayed by these workers are awe-inspiring. Merlin's Cave stands as a testament to mythical tales and legends passed down through generations. This mystical refuge sparks imagination and invites contemplation about what lies beyond our tangible reality. In Lourdes' Grotto resides a statue that has become synonymous with hope and healing for millions around the world. It serves as a reminder that even within darkness or despair, there is always room for faith and miracles. Tragically destroyed by the Taliban, Buddha statue carved into cliffs in Bamiyan once stood tall as an emblem of peace and serenity amidst Afghanistan's rugged landscape. Its absence now echoes louder than ever before - a stark reminder of how cultural heritage can be lost forever if not protected.