Chauvet cave dating
The legs, with plump thighs, finish in a point with the feet not shown.
This Venus is absolutely classical and her proportions, the stylistic elements, the selection of the anatomical elements shown are all characteristically Aurignacian or Gravettian, as known from the small Venus statues of Central and Eastern Europe. Other lines and realistic representations are associated with her, directly on the outcrop.
The vast number of bones with cut marks on them, and the discovery of a child's footprints are more indicative of normal day-to-day living.
The appearance of such high quality art at this early time suggests that our understanding of such processes is far from being fully understood.
Higher and to the left of the Venus are two felines, a mammoth and a small musk ox.
To the right of the Venus is the "Sorcerer" or man-bison.
Located in the Ardeche region of southern France, along the bank of the river Ardeche near the Pont-d'Arc, this cave was only discovered as recently as 1994, happened upon by a small team of cavers led by Jean-Marie Chauvet.
Hundreds of cave paintings of animals have been recorded, depicting at least 13 different species, including those which have rarely or never been found in other Ice age paintings.
Rather than the more usual animals of the hunt that predominate in Palaeolithic cave art, such as horses, cattle and reindeer, the walls of the Chauvet Cave are covered with predatory animals - lions, panthers, bears, owls, rhinos and hyenas.
Perhaps the female representation relates directly to the corridor to the chamber, which opens just behind her.
Four other female representations limited to just the pubic triangle are in the cave; they are all in the system including the Galerie des Megaceros and the Salle du Fond, indicating each time the entrance to the adjacent cavities."This Venus is absolutely classical and her proportions, the stylistic elements, the selection of the anatomical elements shown are all characteristically Aurignacian or Gravettian, as known from the small Venus statues of Central and Eastern Europe." - Jean Clottes, 'Return to Chauvet Cave'.