THE ART OF THE ICE AGE - EXPLORING THE DEEPER HISTORY OF ART
ICE AGE SCULPTURE: DOLNÍ VESTONICE BEAR
Baked Clay Model of a Bear
Pavlovian/Gravettian. 25,000-29,000 years old
The inhabitants of Dolní Vestonice modelled animal figures from the local clay and baked them in their camp fires. Many figures shattered but this complete bear is an example of the dangerous animals modelled and successfully fired. It does not have a threatening posture but stands with its head low and neck outstretched showing the distinctive hump above its shoulders.