THE ART OF THE ICE AGE - EXPLORING THE DEEPER HISTORY OF ART
ICE AGE SCULPTURE: PREDMOST FIGURINE
Predmost: Figurine made from a Mammoth Middle Foot Bone
24,000 years old
Seven figurines made on mammoth metapodials were found at Predmost but only five survive. It is impossible to determine whether they represent male or female figures. As in this example, the head is sculpted above a well defined neck but the body, is formed by the natural relief of the bone. Given the realism of other figurative sculpture from this site it may be asked, if not answered, whether these formless figures might represent shamans, spirits or ghosts.