Pocket Art Prehistoric Venus Lady of Brassempouy Miniature Statue 4H -
Pocket sized statue replica of the Lady Head of Brassempouy. The original ivory head from the late Paleolithic is the oldest known, realistic depiction of a face. The fragment was found in 1892 in a cave near the French hamlet of Brassempouy.
- Part of the Parastone Museum Collection. (PN PA23BR)
- Portrait head is made from resin with antique finish. It is attached to a black pedestal stand as pictured. Head does not remove from base.
- Miniature statue comes in a sateen lined gift presentation box.
- Measures: 4 in H x 1 in W x 1 in D including base. Weighs 4 ounces. Head alone measures 2 in H x 1 in W x 1 1/8 in D.
"Venus figurines" is a collective term for prehistoric female figurines ever since the Marquis de Vibraye named a pre-historic nude female figurine a Venus impudique (an indecent Venus), which is a pun on the Roman Venus Pudica.
The Brassempouy Lady was originally made from ivory. It dates back to Gravettian, 23000 B.C. It was discovered in 1894 by Edouard Piette and Joseph de Laporterie in the Grotte du Pape, Brassempouy. Known as The Lady with the Hood or The Lady of Brassempouy, this is the most famous statuette of Paleolithic art because it conveys the most realistic and lively image of Paleolithic art. It is now located in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Musee des Antiquites nationales.
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