Ice Age Art: Arrival of the Modern Mind at The British Museum

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Spear thrower made from reindeer antler, sculpted as a mammoth. Found in the rock shelter of Montastruc, France, c. 13,000–14,000 years old. Copyright: The Trustees of the British Museum
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This latest exhibition from the British Museum aims to shed fresh light on the work of some of our earliest ancestors, looking at these objects as art, rather than just pure archaeological finds. Figurative art appeared in Europe between around 40,000 and 10,000 years ago, in a period famous for the great cave paintings of Chauvet, Lascaux, Niaux and Altamira. These same themes also carried over into small portable works created on bone, antler, mammoth ivory, stone and clay; works which are presented here as true masterpieces of Ice Age sculpture, ceramics, drawing and personal ornament. Drawn from across Europe, and together for the first time in the UK, these objects enable visitors to see the meaning of art made long ago, by a people with developed brains like our own.

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