Vogelherd Horse

 

  • Age: 32,000-35,000 BCE
  • Material: Mammoth ivory tusk
  • Found: Stetten (Germany) in 1931
    Present Location:Museum Schloss Hohentübingen in Tübingen (Germany)
  • Length: 4.8cm
  • Width: 2.5cm
  • Depth: 0.7cm

 

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The Vogelherd Horse is one the most famous of man’s earliest works of art from the Aurignacian period, being exceptionally accurately carved. It is generally thought to represent a stallion and there are engraved symbols, including cross marks and angular signs, on the back of the neck, as well as on the back and the left chest. These may represent "hunters" signs or killing points.

The horse was discovered by German archaeologist Gustav Riek in 1931, along with several other small sculptures, in the Vogelherd caves. The caves are only a few meters long and located on the edge of the Lone valley, about 1 km northwest of Stetten and northeast of the Alb-Donau county.

Note: This item was "home-made" from FIMO. A copy can be purchased from me - see Services and Sales

 

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