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The Venus and the composition in which she occupies a privileged place are in a central topographic situation in the Salle du Fond.However, she is paradoxically peripheral in the over all design that seems centred on a beautiful horse lodged in a small chapel like niche to the left in the middle of the main panel of cave paintings.Perhaps the female representation relates directly to the corridor to the chamber, which opens just behind her.Four other female representations limited to just the pubic triangle are in the cave; they are all in the system including the Galerie des Megaceros and the Salle du Fond, indicating each time the entrance to the adjacent cavities."This Venus is absolutely classical and her proportions, the stylistic elements, the selection of the anatomical elements shown are all characteristically Aurignacian or Gravettian, as known from the small Venus statues of Central and Eastern Europe." - Jean Clottes, 'Return to Chauvet Cave'.Not only is the Ice Age art of the Chauvet Cave extremely old, it is also very extensive and highly varied.And one other factor intrigued prehistorians around the world eagerly awaiting news from the research team; the Chauvet Cave and its Paleolithic paintings were more or less perfectly preserved.Rather than depicting only the familiar animals of the hunt that predominate in Paleolithic cave art, i.e.horses, cattle, reindeer, etc., the walls of the Chauvet Cave are covered with predatory animals: lions, panthers, bears, owls, rhinos and hyenas.
With one exception, all of the cave art paintings have been dated between 30,000 & 33,000 years ago. Jean Clottes headed the first research team in Chauvet Cave, under great security.This outline of a bear is significant in the light of the numerous bear bones, scratch marks on the walls, indentations in the ground (for sleeping) and footprints, all of which demonstrate that the cave was used by bears for a long time.