This carved ivory figurine of a woman, found in a cave in southern Germany in 2008, is estimated to be at least 35,000 years old. Daniel Maurer/AP hide caption itoggle caption Daniel Maurer/AP Culture Looking Beyond Notions Of Erotica In Prehistoric Art by Barbara J. King September 18, 2014 Small statues made by our ancestors 35,000 years ago are often interpreted as sex objects or even pornography. Anthropologist Barbara J. King offers a different perspective.