The Venus of Laussel
A true icon of prehistoric art, the Woman with the Horn differs from other Venus in many ways:
- the particular care taken in the representation of the hands,
- the existence of atypical hair,
- the unique fact that a female character holds an object,
- the asymmetry of the figure, unlike the other Venus, which are generally symmetrical on a vertical axis.
Sculpted in bas-relief on a limestone block and painted in red ochre, the Venus of Laussel measures 54 cm by 36 cm, and shows a frontal female figure holding in her right hand an object generally interpreted as a buffalo horn (according to W. Deonna's theory). There are 13 notches on the horn which, according to some experts, could represent lunar or menstrual cycles.
The left hand rests on her belly, which perhaps indicates that she is pregnant, and what appears to be her hair falls on her left shoulder. Like all Venus of the Paleolithic, the image shows some overdeveloped parts, while others are absent, such as the feet and face, in this case facing the horn.
Height: 54 cm.
Width: 36 cm.
Depth: 15.5 cm.
Period: Upper Paleolithic.
Culture: Gravettian (around 22,000 to 27,000 years BP).
Date of discovery: 1911.
Place of discovery: Marquay (Dordogne, France).
Conservation: Musée d'Aquitaine in Bordeaux.
Made of acrylic resin enriched with ochre limestone powder to restore the appearance of the sandstone of the Périgord cliffs. The moulding is that of a monolithic block almost identical to the weight of the original model.
The piece is mounted on a solid oak base. This type of base makes it possible to remove the object completely from its base and to contemplate it more easily from all angles.
Reproduction sold with an authentication document + its base + its reinforced transport box.
Version protected INPI with copyright "©Le-Paléoscope", year 2014".