Lespugue Figurine - Limited Edition Sculpture
Plaster, hand-painted with natural pigment, stainless steel, tulip wood base
Product Code : LESFIG003
Sculpture inspired by the Ice Age
'Lespugue Figurine' carving
Carved from mammoth ivory, this sculpture is one of the taller female figurines of Ice Age art. Found beside an excavated camp fire near the top of the deposits in the Cave of Rideaux, the figure was damaged on the front by a blow from a pickaxe and is reconstructed in this sculpture. The lozenge shaped outline of the figure encompasses a small round head with no face. The neck and shoulders are well defined and thin arms bend round to rest above the large pendulous breasts which cover a slight but prominent stomach and rest against huge buttocks. The thighs are large and curve into the knees below which the lower legs are vestigial. On the back, engraved vertical lines hang from a horizontal line below the buttocks, which may represent an apron.
The characteristics of the Lespugue figurine have been interpreted as indicative of obesity and or pregnancy by those who wish to see the sculpture as a realistic representation. However, should we only be looking for realism or, is this an intellectual image in which the mind’s eye has emphasised the meaningful aspects of this woman’s body? Is this a reflection on the origins and nourishment of life rather than simply the female form?
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· Age: 24,000 - 22,000 years old.
· Discovered: Grottes de Rideaux, Lespugue, Haute-Garonne, France.
· Museum: Musée de l’Homme, Paris, France.
· Actual size: 14.4 cms high; c.6.4 cms wide; c.3.5 cms thick.
· Sculpture: Limited Edition of 250
· Artist: Peter Lyell Robinson, Bradshaw Foundation
· Medium: Plaster, hand-painted with natural pigment.
· Stainless steel, tulip wood base.
· Sculpture dimensions: 14 cms tall [overall 28cms]; 6 cms wide; 4 cms thick.
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