Chinese Yunnan Province, Red Rock Art

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A team of three Chinese archaeologists have discovered a rock painting dating back 3,000 years. The painting adorns a cliff on the banks of the Jinsha River in southwestern Yunnan Province.
The painting, which covers some 1.4m x 1.6m, is made up of 11 human palm prints. There are two dancing figures: a larger and a smaller figure, thought to represent a man and a woman.
The image is rendered in red paint, which team member Ji Xueping believes was concocted from a mixture of iron ore and animal blood.

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