Mammoth of the Madeleine

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Mammoth engraved on ivory from the Madeleine.

The animal is represented on a mammoth ivory tusk, in a massive but dynamic attitude. The engraving is particularly rich in detail and realism, it is the first known and most faithful portrait of a mammoth.
Discovered in May 1864, in the presence of Edouard Lartet and the paleontologists Edouard de Verneuil and Hugh Falconer, this piece of rare artistic quality marks a decisive stage in the history of science.


The abri de la Madeleine provided a large number of remarkable pieces: pierced sticks, engravings, sculptures and other burials. Two objects are particularly cited, the buffalo licking itself and the hyena, a very well preserved reindeer antler propeller.


Dimensions :
Height: 24.8 cm.
Width: 10.6 cm.
Depth: 1.8 cm.
Material: Resin.
Period: Madgalenian.
Period :  (-16000 years before B.P.).
Place of discovery: commune of Tursac in the Dordogne.
Conservation: Palaeontology Gallery of the National Museum of Natural History (Paris).

Made of acrylic resin enriched with ossein to restore the appearance of the original model.

The moulding was made by taking an impression of the original model, the dimensions and weight are identical to the original.

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 view it more easily from all angles.

Reproduction sold with an authentication document + its base + its reinforced transport box.
Version protected by INPI with copyright "©The-Paleoscope" year 2014.


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Indeed, in the 19th century, fossil evidence of the existence of extinct animals is still exceptional and their coexistence with the first humans is the subject of much debate.

Edouard Lartet (1801-1871) is a French prehistorian and palaeontologist. A jurist, he was passionate about paleontology and geology. He made several major discoveries in the Périgord and the Gers, including the jawbone of the first great fossil monkey, the Pliopithèque, which challenged the theories of Georges Cuvier.

In 1860, his excavations in the Dordogne contributed to demonstrating the contemporaneity of Man with extinct animal species, proven as early as 1851 by Jean-Baptiste Noulet. In 1863, he excavated with the Englishman Henry Christy some of the major sites in the Périgord, including Le Moustier, Laugerie-Basse and La Madeleine.

In the latter, the discovery of engraved objects provided decisive proof of the existence of prehistoric art.

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Mammoth of the Madeleine

Mammoth engraved on ivory from the Madeleine.

The animal is represented on a mammoth ivory tusk, in a massive but dynamic attitude. The engraving is particularly rich in detail and realism, it is the first known and most faithful portrait of a mammoth.
Discovered in May 1864, in the presence of Edouard Lartet and the paleontologists Edouard de Verneuil and Hugh Falconer, this piece of rare artistic quality marks a decisive stage in the history of science.


The abri de la Madeleine provided a large number of remarkable pieces: pierced sticks, engravings, sculptures and other burials. Two objects are particularly cited, the buffalo licking itself and the hyena, a very well preserved reindeer antler propeller.


Dimensions :
Height: 24.8 cm.
Width: 10.6 cm.
Depth: 1.8 cm.
Material: Resin.
Period: Madgalenian.
Period :  (-16000 years before B.P.).
Place of discovery: commune of Tursac in the Dordogne.
Conservation: Palaeontology Gallery of the National Museum of Natural History (Paris).

Made of acrylic resin enriched with ossein to restore the appearance of the original model.

The moulding was made by taking an impression of the original model, the dimensions and weight are identical to the original.

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 view it more easily from all angles.

Reproduction sold with an authentication document + its base + its reinforced transport box.
Version protected by INPI with copyright "©The-Paleoscope" year 2014.


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