THE ART OF THE ICE AGE - EXPLORING THE DEEPER HISTORY OF ART
ICE AGE SCULPTURE: DOLNÍ VESTONICE FIGURINE 1
Dolní Vestonice: Female Figurine I
Pavlovian/Gravettian. 25,000-29,000 years old
Made of baked clay this extraordinary female figurine is justifiably famous. Her cylindrical head is unmarked except for a group of four small depressions on the top and two diagonal slits on the face. The significance of the depressions is unknown. They might have held decorative stones or bits of grass or feathers to indicate hair or an ornamental headdress. The slits suggest eye holes in some sort of veil or hood covering the face and neck above the clearly modelled collar bones. The upper arms curve round from the shoulders and end at the bottom the pendulous breasts. The hips curve out from the waist giving the figure a distinct pear shape but the line is broken by a deep incision which extends right round the figure under the stomach and buttocks. The sexual triangle is not shown and four deep, slightly inclined incisions in two pairs on each side of the spine on the back above the waist. The legs taper to a point. Does the covered face have a special meaning?