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Ice age art at the British Museum was crafted by 'professional' artists

The best art by ice-age Homo sapiens are masterpieces that took hundreds of hours to produce, says curator
The oldest known portrait of a woman, sculpted from mammoth ivory during the last ice age around 26,000 years ago.It's smaller than your thumb: a little piece of mammoth ivory delicately carved into the shape of a woman's head. But this miniature sculpture, with one wonky eye and rather elongated, slightly Modigliani-esque proportions, is the oldest known portrait in the world
According to the British Museum's curator Jill Cook, "The reason we say it is a portrait is because she has absolutely individual characteristics. She has one beautifully engraved eye; on the other, the lid comes over and there's just a slit. Perhaps she had a stroke, or a palsy, or was injured in some way. In any case, she had a dodgy eye. And she has a little dimple in her chin: this is an image of a real, living woman."