THE ART OF THE ICE AGE - EXPLORING THE DEEPER HISTORY OF ART
ICE AGE SCULPTURE: AVDEEVO FIGURINE 5
Avdeevo: Female Figurine 5
Gravettian 21,000-20,000 years old
This elongated nude female figure is made on an ivory platelet so appears rather flattened. As on the more three dimensional figures from Avdeevo, the faceless head is inclined forward and the neck is well defined. In profile, the upper body appears to lean back and the arms curve down from rounded shoulders suggesting that hands are resting on the stomach. The large breasts are realistically positioned and hang to the level of the waist below which the stomach projects slightly forward above the clearly incised sexual triangle. The hips and buttocks do not suggest any obesity. The lower legs are shown slightly apart but the figure has no feet.