Have you ever been curious about the appearance of the oldest human? It would be fascinating to see a true photograph of one of our forefathers. There isn’t a photo, but rather a true 3D art of the oldest human face. Archaeologists discovered a face of a human (woman) from the Upper Palaeolithic epoch during an excavation in the French village of Brassempouy (late stone age). Venus of Brassempouy, Lady of Brassempouy, La Dame de Brassempouy, or Lady with the Hood are some of the names given to it.
At the National Archaeological Museum, the Venus of Brassempouy is on display.
Édouard Piette, a French archaeologist, unearthed the Venus of Brassempouy. The woman’s visage was said to have been carved into mammoth ivory by researchers. It measures 3.65 cm in height, over 2 cm in-depth, and 1.9 cm in width. It’s thought to be a 25,000-year-old artifact and the world’s oldest known human description, with a forehead, nose, and head but no mouth. The top and sides of Egyptian-style braids or headdresses are trimmed. Carver’s addition of realistic facial details makes it a one-of-a-kind work of art. Unfortunately, the rest of her body was lost to the ravages of time.
More than 25,000 years ago, Venus de Brassempouy was born.
Venus of Brassempouy is dated to around 23000 BC and belongs to the Gravettian art epoch of the Upper Paleolithic period, the last portion of the Stone Age.
Other Venus figurines ( Upper Palaeolithic statuettes) were made at the same time as Venus of Doln Vestonice (Czech Republic), Venus of Willendorf (Austria), Venus of Lespugue (France), Venus of Savignano (Italy), and Venus of Laussel bas-relief (France).
A fresh perspective on Brassempouy’s Venus.
The Venus of Brassempouy collection is housed at a lovely museum in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, near Paris, called the National Archaeological Museum, and is generally only open to the public during short Stone Age art shows. The replica is on exhibit at the House of Ladies in Brassempouy, with replicas of other figurines discovered at Grotte du Pape, as well as other well-known Paleolithic pieces of art and culture as the Venus of Willendorf and Lespugue.