Ivory Horse Sculpture (cast)

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Made of mammoth ivory, this sculpture was found in a cave where humans gathered to eat animals they had hunted. Other sculptures from the same site depict mammoths, bison, and lions. The original carving is in the Museum Schloss Hohentübingen, Tübingen, Germany. Animal, human, and other figurines were created by modern humans beginning at least 35,000 years ago. The various sizes, shapes, and styles show that different groups made them. The act of creating the figurines, and the beliefs behind them, may have united these groups.

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  • Title: Ivory Horse Sculpture (cast)
  • Location: Vogelherd, Germany, Europe
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: This image was obtained from the Smithsonian Institution. The image or its contents may be protected by international copyright laws. http://www.si.edu/termsofuse
  • External Link: View this object record in the Smithsonian Institution Human Origins Website
  • Medium: Ivory
  • Photo Credit: James Di Loreto and Donald E. Hurlbert, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History
  • Historic Period: About 32,000–31,000 years old
  • Field: Archaeology


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