Shigir Idol, oldest wooden sculpture

Shigir Idol, oldest wooden sculpture

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Caption: Shigir Idol. The Shigir Idol, the world's oldest surviving wooden sculpture, on display at the Sverdlovsk Regional Lore Museum, Russia. The Idol is carved from larch using stone tools, and has a face, body and geometrical decorations. The idol was discovered in 1894 in the peat bog of Shigir, in the Middle Urals, Russia, and it is approximately 11,000 years old.

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