The oldest statuette for the first time in Prague

The oldest and the most famous ceramic statuette in the world The Venus of Dolni Vestonice (Vestonicka Venuse) is for the first time in Prague. It will be displayed as the most precious item of the exhibition ‘The hunters of mammoths’ in the National Museum. The visitors can admire the statuette from tomorrow till the end of April 2007.

The statuette of a nude woman is 111 mm high and 43 mm wide (at its widest point). It dates back to 29 000–25 000 BC. The statuette was found in the lawyer of ash in Dolni Vestonice in Moravia (in the east of the Czech Republic) in 1925. A tomographic scan in 2004 found a fingerprint of a 10 year old child on it.

The statuette was borrowed from the Moravian Museum in Brno. The transfer from Brno to Prague was accompanied by strict security measures. The statuette is insured for a million Czech crowns, but its real value is incalculable. Updated: the exhibition is prolonged until 2nd September 2007.

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