The Venus of Lespugue is a Venus figurine, a statuette of a nude female figure of the Gravettian. It was discovered in 1922 in the Rideaux cave of Lespugue (Haute-Garonne) in the foothills of the Pyrenees by René de Saint-Périer. Approximately 6 inches (150 mm) tall, it is carved from tusk ivory, and was damaged during excavation. According to textile expert Elizabeth Wayland Barber, the statue displays the earliest representation found of spun thread, as the carving shows a skirt hanging from below the hips, made of twisted fibers, frayed at the end.
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