The Lady or Venus of Brassempouy, also known as the Lady with the Hood

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The Lady of Brassempouy, also known as the Lady with the Hood,

The Venus of Brassempouy is one of the most famous sculptures in history. This small head is so exceptional that its discoverer, Édouard Piette (1827-1906), even considered the possibility that it was a fake. The rigour of his work and modern studies of the figure have confirmed the authenticity of the piece, whose meaning remains unknown.

The Lady of Brassempouy is a tiny sculpture carved in mammoth ivory, 3.65 centimetres high, 2.2 centimetres wide and 1.9 centimetres thick.It is the head of a woman depicted more schematically than realistically, with a triangular face, with a well-profiled nose and eyebrows, but without a mouth or eyes.

This Venus is a copy of a very fine small statuette made of mammoth ivory, discovered in 1894. It is made of acrylic resin, and is presented on a removable base.
Moulded directly from the original model. Dimensions of our reproduction are identical to those of the original.
The patina has been enriched with ossein so that the rendering is as faithful as possible to the original.

Dimensions :
Height: 3.65 cm (1.18").
Width: 1.9 cm (0.93").
Depth: 7.5 cm (2.75").
With the plinth
Height: 4.8 cm to 5.8 cm depending on the plinth.
Material: resin.
Period: Upper Palaeolithic.
Culture: Gravettian (around 26,000 to 24,000 BC)
Date of discovery: 1894
Place of discovery: Pope's Cave in Brassempouy (Landes)
Conservation: National Archaeology Museum in Saint-Germain-en-Laye
Description sheet:: M.A.N. N° 47 019

The piece is mounted on a solid oak base. This type of base allows the objects to be removed completely. In this way, they can be held and admired more easily.
An "integrated or adjoining" resin base version is also available (ask for details).

Reproduction sold with an authentication document + its base + its reinforced transport box.
Version protected by INPI with copyright "©Le-Paléoscope", year 2020".

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The Venus of Brassempouy has her hair covered by what some people think is a very elaborate hairstyle and others think it is a kind of cap or hood.

The debate on this point is still open. Perhaps it is simply a matter of hair reproduced in a very stylish way. Its age has been estimated at between 26,000 and 24,000 years, and it therefore belongs to the Upper Paleolithic phase known as the Gravettian. Although unique, this figurine is not an isolated object. It is part of a group of small sculptures found at the end of the 19th century in the Grotte du Pape, one of the many cavities that form the site of Brassempouy, 2 kilometres from the town that gives it its name, in the south of the Landes region (France).


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The Lady or Venus of Brassempouy, also known as the Lady with the Hood

The Lady of Brassempouy, also known as the Lady with the Hood,

The Venus of Brassempouy is one of the most famous sculptures in history. This small head is so exceptional that its discoverer, Édouard Piette (1827-1906), even considered the possibility that it was a fake. The rigour of his work and modern studies of the figure have confirmed the authenticity of the piece, whose meaning remains unknown.

The Lady of Brassempouy is a tiny sculpture carved in mammoth ivory, 3.65 centimetres high, 2.2 centimetres wide and 1.9 centimetres thick.It is the head of a woman depicted more schematically than realistically, with a triangular face, with a well-profiled nose and eyebrows, but without a mouth or eyes.

This Venus is a copy of a very fine small statuette made of mammoth ivory, discovered in 1894. It is made of acrylic resin, and is presented on a removable base.
Moulded directly from the original model. Dimensions of our reproduction are identical to those of the original.
The patina has been enriched with ossein so that the rendering is as faithful as possible to the original.

Dimensions :
Height: 3.65 cm (1.18").
Width: 1.9 cm (0.93").
Depth: 7.5 cm (2.75").
With the plinth
Height: 4.8 cm to 5.8 cm depending on the plinth.
Material: resin.
Period: Upper Palaeolithic.
Culture: Gravettian (around 26,000 to 24,000 BC)
Date of discovery: 1894
Place of discovery: Pope's Cave in Brassempouy (Landes)
Conservation: National Archaeology Museum in Saint-Germain-en-Laye
Description sheet:: M.A.N. N° 47 019

The piece is mounted on a solid oak base. This type of base allows the objects to be removed completely. In this way, they can be held and admired more easily.
An "integrated or adjoining" resin base version is also available (ask for details).

Reproduction sold with an authentication document + its base + its reinforced transport box.
Version protected by INPI with copyright "©Le-Paléoscope", year 2020".

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