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A visitor looks at a small male figure sculptured from a large mammoth tusk dates around 27,000 years ago, discovered at Brno, Moravia, Czech Republic next to a skeleton of a man, on display in an exhibition 'Ice Age Art : arrival of the modern mind' at the British Museum in London, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Sang Tan) Copyright 2013, The Associated Press

British Museum puts art from the Ice Age on show

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LONDON (AP) — The art world loves hype. Works are touted as the biggest, the rarest, the most expensive.

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Even in an age of superlatives, the British Museum has something special — the oldest known figurative art in the world.

The artworks on display in the new exhibition "Ice Age Art" are so old that many are carved from the tusks of woolly mammoths.

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