Dr Nicholas Conard of Tubingen University in Germany, who described the find in the journal Nature, wrote: 'The new figurine from the Hole Fels radically changes our view of the origins of Palaeolithic art.'But there is some controversy about when the first artwork was created.It is not known when humans first started creating artworks, but geometric designs 75,000 years old have been found on pieces of red iron oxide rock from Africa.This mark is also referred to as the backstamp, stamp, or figure.
After the end of World War II the United States permitted Goebel to export figurines which had previously been prohibited for exportation.
From 1775 the wavy lines were painted by hand, but in the 1870's Royal Copenhagen began to stamp and glaze the trademark.
Since 1935 Royal Copenhagen have added a small line in the trademark on almost every single piece of porcelain.
The following markings are the standard backstamps you are most likely to see on the vast majority of Hummel figurines. From the first figurine in 1935 until 1949 the following 3 trademarks were used.
These are referred to as the Crown Marks and are Trademark 1 or TMK-1.