The "Lady with a Hood" from Brassempouy

La "Dame à la Capuche" de Brassempouy. Abris sculptés de la Préhistoire.

statuette discovered by Édouard Piette during excavations of the Gravettian layers (ca. 25,000 years BP) of the Pape Cave at Brassempouy (Landes). Above a long, graceful neck, a triangular head with a large forehead and pointed chin is framed by a squared coiffure, which has been interpreted as either a braid or a hood. The lines of the face are simplified and elegantly stylised. The eyes are missing, but the gaze is still perceptible beneath the brows. The nose is long, narrow and flattened, but the mouth is absent.

Object on display in the Piette Gallery and, in the form of a cast, in the Palaeolithic Gallery of the National Archaeological Museum ? Domaine national de Saint-Germain-en-Laye.

Length = 3.6 cm; Width = 2.0 cm; Thickness = 2.2 cm.


© RMN - Grand Palais (Musée d’Archéologie national) / Jean-Gilles Berizzi

© RMN - Grand Palais (Musée d’Archéologie national) / Jean-Gilles Berizzi

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