The Venus of Lespugue


  • Age: Around 23,000 BCE
  • Material: Mammoth ivory tusk
  • Found: Lespugue (France) in 1922
  • Present Location: Musée de l'Homme in Paris (France)
  • Length: 14.4cm
  • Width: 6.4cm
  • Depth: 3.5cm

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In 1922 René de Saint-Périer (1877-1950) discovered the Venus of Lespugue in the Rideaux cave of Lespugue in the foothills of the Pyrenees, part of the Haute Garonne region of France. The venus is from the Gravettian Upper Paleolithic culture. Textile experts believe, the figurine displays the earliest representation found of spun thread, as the carving shows a skirt hanging from below the hips, made of twisted fibers and frayed at the end.

Unfortunately the figurine was badly damaged at the front during excavation.


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