Dolní Věstonice XV
29,000–24,000 BCE
Mammoth Ivory – 1.9″ high
Found in 1925 in the Moravian basin,
Brno, Czech Republic

Cornelia Kavanagh vestonice-1 Dolní Věstonice XV  Known as the “Mona Lisa” of Dolní Věstonice, this tiny oval figure could be a portrait of an individual with disabilities, as her left eye seems distorted and enlarged. Some speculate she depicts a woman injured in the process of making ceramics for which Dolní Věstonice was celebrated. Interestingly, the only human remains discovered at this site were of those with disabilities, so perhaps she enjoyed special status, explaining why she was memorialized in ivory.

Moravské Zemské Muzeum.
Brno, Czech Republic

Cornelia Kavanagh vestionice-1 Dolní Věstonice XV

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