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Venus figure from le Cellier

Venus figure from Las le Cellier

Venus figure from le Cellier - this Venus figure was carved from mammoth ivory.

Only about five centimetres tall, the figure was found at Abri Cellier in France. The head and hairline are clearly visible.

The paired marks are common on Aurignacian objects but their significance is not known.

( The figure was found by George Lucius Collie during his 1927 excavations in France, and it is now in the Logan Museum, Beloit College - Don )

Photo: Randall White
Source and text: White (1989b)


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