THE ART OF THE ICE AGE - EXPLORING THE DEEPER HISTORY OF ART
ICE AGE SCULPTURE: DOLNÍ VESTONICE RHINO
Woolly Rhinoceros Head
Pavlovian/Gravettian. 25,000-29,000 years old
Woolly rhinoceros grazed the grassy steppe land of central Europe alongside mammoths. They used their long front horns to brush snow off the grass during winter. Woolly rhinos had two horns but only the distinctive front horn is modelled on this baked clay head. The nostrils and lips are well defined but at first glance the eye appears to be in the wrong place where there is an oval indentation on the line of the upper jaw. However, higher up and correctly positioned above the upper jaw line there is a slight bump with a smaller C-shaped hollow where the eye, well protected by thick lids and long lashes, should be.