Venus figurine

Venus of Lespugue

The Venus of Lespugue is a Venus figurine, a statuette of a nude female figure from approximately 25,000 BC. It was discovered in 1922 in the Rideaux cave of Lespugue (Haute-Garonne) in the foothills of the Pyrenees by René de Saint-Périer (1877-1950).

Approximately 6 inches (147 mm) tall, it is carved from tusk ivory, and was damaged during excavation.

According to textile expert Elizabeth Wayland Barber , the statue displays the earliest representation found of spun thread, as the carving shows a skirt hanging from below the hips, made of twisted fibers, frayed at the end.

The Venus of Lespugue resides in France, at the Musée de l'Homme.

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