Swimming reindeer


British Museum

British Museum
London, United Kingdom

Tip of a mammoth tusk carved as two reindeer depicted one behind the other. The leading, more detailed figure is a female with smaller body and antlers. Finely incised notching and shading outlines the variation of colours in her coat. The following male figure has larger antlers and equally detailed carving of the ears and eyes but its body is unshaded. Both animals are depicted with their chins up, the antlers laid back, the front legs extended forward and bent at the knee and the back legs extending back. The male genitalia are clearly represented.


  • Title: Swimming reindeer
  • Date Created: -11000/-11000
  • Physical Dimensions: Length: 207.00mm; Height: 30.00mm; Width: 27.00mm
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Technique: carved; polished; incised
  • Subject: mammal
  • Registration number: Palart.550
  • Production place: Made in Europe
  • Place: Excavated/Findspot Montastruc
  • Period/culture: Late Magdalenian
  • Material: mammoth ivory
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Purchased from Peccadeau de l'Isle. Funded by Christy Fund. Excavated by Peccadeau de l'Isle

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