La Dame de Brassempouy

Sometimes known as Dame à la Capuche,  La Dame de Brassempouy, is a fragmentary ivory figurine from the Upper Palaeolithic. It was discovered in a cave at Brassempouy, France in 1892. About 25,000 years old, it is one of the earliest known realistic representations of a human face.


La Dame de Brassempouy, c25000 BC, mammoth ivory, H3.5 cm, Musée d’Archéologie nationale, Saint-Germain-En-Laye, France.

La Dame de Brassempouy was discovered in the Grotte du Pape, near the village of Brassempouy , Landes, in 1894, accompanied by at least eight other human figures. These may be an example of unfinished work, as if the artist or artists carved several figurines at the same time. Unfortunately archaeology was in its infancy and much of the site was rendered useless for scietific purposes.


La Figurine à la ceinture, found at Brassempouy


French stamp of 1976

BT 3 April, 2017, Meeting No 14

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