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engraved bone/antler

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  • Description

    Engraved bone. Rib bone of a woolly rhinoceros with ancient breaks at both ends with the drawing of a man engraved near the base. He is drawn in profile facing right. The face has a prominent nose and mouth. The neck is thick and the lines of the body curve out and down to form a plump figure. The legs stop at the knees and the right leg is shown slightly forward of the left. His left arm is held out and appears to be holding a stick, perhaps a spear, indicated by a horizontal line across the body. The figure appears to have a large penis but the outline is not deliberately engraved The surface of the bone is scratched and pitted by natural post-depositional processes.


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  • Dimensions

    • Length: 20.8 centimetres
    • Width: 3 centimetres
    • Thickness: 1.4 centimetres
  • Bibliography

    • Sieveking 1987 854 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    2014 29 May- 2017 28 May, Worksop, Creswell Crags Museum, LT Loan.
    2013 24 Jun-16 Sep, Spain, Santander, Fundación Botín, Ice Age Art
    2012 Jan-Apr, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Fantastic Creatures.
    2011 Jun-Sept, South Korea, Ulsan Museum, Fantastic Creatures.
    2009-2011 23 Jun-10 May, Nottinghamshire, Creswell Crags Museum, LT loan
    1984-1985 1 Oct-31 Dec, France, Paris, Musee de l'Homme, Arts et Civilisations des Chasseurs de la Prehistoire

  • Acquisition name

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  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • 1933,0109.1
Engraving of a man drawn on a woolly rhinoceros rib from Pin Hole Cave, Derbyshire


Engraving of a man drawn on a woolly rhinoceros rib from Pin Hole Cave, Derbyshire

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