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Ice Age Art on Show in London

Date Posted: 13/02/13

Ice Age Art on Show in London

Those who visit London over the next few months have the chance to see what is considered to be the oldest surviving portrait in the world.

The artefact, a depiction of a woman carved from a mammoth's tusk some 26,000 years ago is one of the items on display at a new exhibition at the British Museum showcasing works of art from the Ice Age.

Entitled 'Ice Age Art: Arrival of the Modern Mind', this fascinating exhibition aims to show how humans living between 10,000 and 40,000 had the same capacity for creativity as their modern descendants.

"Ice Age Art is a stupendous show," commented Observer reviewer Laura Cumming following the exhibition's opening last week.

"It presents a hundred and more objects in the round, close to the eye and beautifully spotlit so that each has the space to spring its own surprise: the drawing of a reindeer etched in reindeer bone; the articulated puppet; the wild horse carved in ivory."

Ice Age Art runs until May 26th, with tickets priced at £10.

Posted by Becky Spence

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