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The sculpture is kept in a controlled atmosphere and is rarely moved. The ivory is now very fragile and it is feared that it could "turn to dust" if it were treated roughly. Unlike the mammoth spear thrower, the reindeer sculpture has no practical purpose, and is considered to be the oldest piece of art in any British museum.<ref name=trans/>
 
==Age of the reindeer==
TheseThe finds came from the late Ice Age, which [[Henry Christy]] and [[Edouard Lartet]] originally called the "age of the reindeer".<ref>[https://books.google.com/books?id=uOzejz5zUTQC&pg=PA200&lpg=PA200&dq=christy+%22age+of+the+reindeer%22&source=bl&ots=_V-KyACm21&sig=OuZbwtO-E2M7tmx-YwUz2dViUpI&hl=en&ei=Y5xdTK3pI5-y0gTaveHRBw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=3&ved=0CBkQ6AEwAg#v=onepage&q=christy%20%22age%20of%20the%20reindeer%22&f=false Europe p.200], [[Peter N. Peregrine]], Melvin Ember, accessed 7 August 2010</ref> ThisThat is notable as the carving of mammoth ivory depicted reindeer and the mammoth spear thrower was carved from a reindeer antler. ThisThat fixes the coexistenceco-existence of reindeer, mammoths and man at a time whenthat thisthe part of Europearea had a climate similar to that inof [[Siberia]] today.<ref name=trans/> Later this period became known as [[Magdalenian]] after the French cave called [[Abri de la Madeleine]] where similar art to the Swimming Reindeer were found.
 
Later, this period became known as [[Magdalenian]], named after a French cave, [[Abri de la Madeleine]], where similar art to the Swimming Reindeer were found.
 
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