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{{wide image|Sleeping Reindeer - horizontal.jpg|1000px|The male reindeer is on the left, the female is to the right.}}
The sculpture shows a female reindeer closely followed by a larger male reindeer. The larger male is indicated by his size, antlers and genitals, whilst the female has her teats modelled. The reindeer are thought to be swimming in illustration of the migration of deer that would have taken place each autumn. It is known that it would be autumn as both reindeer are shown with antlers, and only during autumn do both male and female reindeer have antlers.<ref name=trans>[http://www.bbc.co.uk/ahistoryoftheworld/about/transcripts/episode4/ Transcript of Episode 4], ''History of the World in 100 Objects'', BBC, accessed 9 August 2010</ref> At this time of year reindeer would be much easier to hunt, and the meat, skin and antlers would be at their best.<ref name="ahotw">[http://www.bbc.co.uk/ahistoryoftheworld/objects/DyfP6g6dRN6WdwdnbIVbPw Swimming Reindeer], bbc.co.uk, accessed 2 August 2010</ref> Each of the reindeer has been marked with a [[Burin (lithic flake)|burin]] to show different colouring and texture in the deer's coat. Oddly there are ten deeper cuts on each side of the back of the leading female reindeer. These may have been intended to indicate coloured markings, but their purpose is unclear.<ref name=bm>[{{cite web |url=https://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/past_exhibitions/2010/archive_swimming_reindeer.aspx |archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20130823202303/https://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/past_exhibitions/2010/archive_swimming_reindeer.aspx |archive-date=23 August 2013 |title=Swimming reindeer: an Ice Age masterpiece |publisher=British Museum |accessdate=3 June 2010}}</ref>
an Ice Age masterpiece], British Museum, accessed 3 June 2010</ref>
Former Director of the British Museum [[Neil MacGregor]] says of the manufacturing process: