The first humans were also skilled in producing clay sculpture such as the bisons from Tuc d' Audoubert in France. The two bisons are made of unbaked clay and measure each about 60 cm in length. They have been dated between 13.000 and 8.000 BC.
They also made figurines of fertility that we call them "aphrodites". The Aphrodite of Laussel, one of the earliest reliefs, measures 44 cm in height and can be seen now at the museum of Bordeaux in France. The Aphrodite of Willendorf, now in Vienna, has been dated between 28,000 and 25,000 BC is made of limestone and measures about 11 cm in height. In both figurines the anatomical elements have been exaggerated showing that they were probably used as fertility fetishes.
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