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The '''Swimming Reindeer''' is the name given to a 13,000-year-old [[Magdalenian]] sculpture of two swimming [[reindeer]] conserved in the [[British Museum]]. The sculpture was made in modern-day France by an unknown artist who carved the artwork from the tip of a [[mammoth]] [[tusk]]. The sculpture was found in two pieces in 1866, but it was not until the early 20th century that [[Henri Breuil|Abbé Henri Breuil]] realised that the two pieces fit together to form a single sculpture of two reindeer swimming nose-to-tail.<ref name="brad"/>
 
==Discovery==
 
The reindeer sculptures were again exhibited in 1884 in Toulouse, when it is speculated that a French buyer might have been found, but they were eventually procured by the British Museum in 1887.<ref name="brad"/> De l'Isle initially offered his finds to the British Museum for the large sum of 150,000 francs, which would have a value in excess of half a million pounds in 2010. The offer was considered much too high and was not accepted by [[Augustus Wollaston Franks|Augustus Franks]], an enthusiastic antiquarian who was in charge of the north European collection at that time. Franks had been known to fund the museum's acquisitions himself, and he sent [[Charles Hercules Read]] to negotiate with de l'Isle. Read successfully managed to bring the price down to £500 (about £30,000 today). The purchase was funded by the Christy Fund, a £5,000 bequest by [[Henry Christy]] who had also left his own collections to the museum.<ref name="focus"/>
[[File:Speerschleuder LaMadeleine.jpg|right|thumb|"Rampant Hyena" carving found at [[Abri de la Madeleine]], also in France.]]
 
It was not until 1904 when [[Henri Breuil|Abbé Breuil]] saw the sculptures whilst visiting the British Museum that he realised that the two pieces fitted together, and were in fact two parts of a single sculpture.<ref name="brad"/>