Saturday, 30 March 2013

Venus Figurines... When God was a Girl

Paleolithic 'Venus figurines' are some of the oldest known forms of Art. The figurines are mostly found in Europe, but have been discovered as far away as Siberia. Their function and purpose is not altogether understood, but they are generally thought to be symbols of fertility or representations of a female Mother Goddess. These decidedly 'modernist' looking, fecund female sculptures, characteristically feature exaggerated abdomens, hips, breasts, thighs and vulva. Over a hundred such figurines are known, virtually all of relatively modest size, between 4 cm and 25 cm in height.

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1.  Venus of willendorf. Dated to between 24,000 and 22,000 BCE. Germany
2.  Venus of Dolní Věstonice. Dated to 29,000–25,000 BCE. Czech Republic
3.  Venus of Lespugue . Dated to between 26,000 and 24,000 BCE. France
4.  Venus of Hohle Fels . Dated to between 35,000 and 40,000 BCE. Germany
5.  Venus of  kostenki. Dated to between 23,000 to 25,000 BCE. Russia
6.  Kostenki limestone Venus (fragment). Dated to between 23,000 to 25,000 BCE. Russia

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