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Treasures from the British Museum: Ice Age
Thirteen thousand year old wolverine pendant from Les Eyzies, Dordogne
One of the furs with which the women would have worked with is that of the wolverine. Wolverine fur is highly prized both for its beauty and its quality. Used around the hoods and cuffs of anoraks its anti freeze characteristics prevent it freezing to the skin and causing sores. It is also an animal which brings status to the wearer and the hunter because this shy, fierce animal is difficult to bring down. This 13,000 year old pendant from Les Eyzies, Dordogne, France may reflect the status and fortune of the owner. The decorative use of the furs in clothing may also added status to the woman who made them.
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