Woman from Brassempouy

Woman from Brassempouy

Date ca. 22,000 BCE

Movement Prehistoric, Upper Paleolithic, Gravettian

Medium Ivory

Dimensions height 1.5”

Provenance Grotte du Pape, Brassempuoy, France

Housed at Musée des Antiquités Nationales, Saint Germain-en-Laye


Female figurines help to suggest a matrilineal culture amongst these prehistoric peoples, especially given the fact that more depictions of women have been found, to-date, than those of men; however, their uses are still unclear.