Goddess of Lespugue
26,000–24,000 BCE
Mammoth Ivory – 6″ high
Found in 1922, Les Rideaux Cave,
in the foothills of The Pyrenees

lespugueAlthough damaged during excavation, Lespugue has the most pronounced features of all Upper Paleolithic goddess figures. Marija Gimbutas noted how “this extraordinary mammoth ivory sculpture conflates breasts and buttocks into a zone of eggs circling the figure’s middle.” Lespugue was considered to be the “quintessential female form” by Picasso, who reportedly had two castings of her in his studio. Evidence of a skirt of twisted fibers at her back is the earliest example of spun thread ever found.

Musée de L’Homme,
Paris, France


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