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The Venus of Péchialet, from la grotte du Chien à Péchialet


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The Venus of Péchialet, from la grotte du Chien à Péchialet.

Gravettian.

Figurine, height 65 mm, Style intermediate between Venus and sexless clothed group. Indications of eyes, realistic legs and shoulderblades, no sex indicated. The material is very dense bone, probably from a long-bone already mineralised when carved. The surface was patinated brown and the working has exposed lighter layers and is very shiny. Powers (1994)

(Note that these photos seem to indicate clearly that the sex of the figurine is female - Don )

Photo: Don Hitchcock 2014
Source: Facsimile, Musée d'Archeologie Nationale et Domaine, St-Germain-en-Laye




Venus of Péchialet

Another view of this venus.

Photo: http://lithos-perigord.org/spip.php?article54




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Aurignacien of la grotte du Chien à Péchialet, Dordogne

41: Gravure figurant deux hommes attaqués par un ours, schiste.

Engraving showing two men attacked by a bear (or, more likely, attacking a bear), on schist.

The schist plaque was imported from Alassac (Corrèze). Each man is about 8 cm high. The style of the figures is close to a similar plaque from Limeuil, found in a Magdalenian layer. Length of plaque 18.5 cm. Note that although this has been assigned to the Aurignacean on the basis of other materials found with it, it more closely resembles Magdalenian artefacts from other sites. Powers (1994)

Photo: Don Hitchcock 2014
Source: Original, Musée d'Archeologie Nationale et Domaine, St-Germain-en-Laye




References

  1. Powers, R., 1994: The Human Form in Palaeolithic ArtModern Geology,, (Ed.), T. 19(2-4), 1-34





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