Discovery of the Venus of Willendorf



7 August 1908

Venus of Willendorf. Carved out of limestone, 11cm tall, discovered at an excavation in Willendorf, Lower Austria on 7 August 1908. One of the many female statuettes, nicknamed "Venus" figurines, that were made out of stone, bone and ivory in the Upper Palaeolithic, 28.000 to 12.000 BCE. Statuettes with similar features - symmetrical posture, large breasts, abdomen and buttocks, reduced arms and feet, no face - were found throuout Europe, from western France to Siberia.

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    Venus of Willendorf. Carved out of limestone, 11cm tall, discovered at an excavation in Willendorf, Lower Austria on 7 August 1908. One of the many female statuettes, nicknamed "Venus" figurines, that were made of stone, bone and ivory in the Upper Palaeolithic, 28.000 to 12.000 BCE. Statuettes with similar features - symmetrical posture, large breasts, abdomen and buttocks, reduced arms and feet, no face - were found throuout Europe, from western France to Siberia. Their purpose and meaning to the palaeolithic hunters and gatherers is subject to much speculation. The interpretations range from stone age sex symbol and mother godess to talisman, shaman and ancestor cult object, dependig on the interpreter and his or her social and political background.

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    Venus of Willendorf. Carved out of limestone, 11cm tall, discovered at an excavation in Willendorf, Lower Austria on 7 August 1908. One of the many female statuettes, nicknamed "Venus" figurines, that were made out of stone, bone and ivory in the Upper Palaeolithic, 28.000 to 12.000 BCE. Statuettes with similar features - symmetrical posture, large breasts, abdomen and buttocks, reduced arms and feet, no face - were found throuout Europe, from western France to Siberia. Their purpose and meaning to the palaeolithic hunters and gatherers is subject to much speculation. The interpretations range from stone age sex symbol and mother godess to talisman, shaman and ancestor cult object, dependig on the interpreter and his or her social and political background.

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    Venus of Willendorf. Carved out of limestone, 11cm tall, discovered at an excavation in Willendorf, Lower Austria on 7 August 1908. One of the many female statuettes, nicknamed "Venus" figurines, that were made out of stone, bone and ivory in the Upper Palaeolithic, 28.000 to 12.000 BCE. Statuettes with similar features - symmetrical posture, large breasts, abdomen and buttocks, reduced arms and feet, no face - were found throuout Europe, from western France to Siberia. Their purpose and meaning to the palaeolithic hunters and gatherers is subject to much speculation. The interpretations range from stone age sex symbol and mother godess to talisman, shaman and ancestor cult object, dependig on the interpreter and his or her social and political background.

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    Venus of Willendorf. Carved out of limestone, 11cm tall, discovered at an excavation in Willendorf, Lower Austria on 7 August 1908. One of the many female statuettes, nicknamed "Venus" figurines, that were made out of stone, bone and ivory in the Upper Palaeolithic, 28.000 to 12.000 BCE. Statuettes with similar features - symmetrical posture, large breasts, abdomen and buttocks, reduced arms and feet, no face - were found throuout Europe, from western France to Siberia. Their purpose and meaning to the palaeolithic hunters and gatherers is subject to much speculation. The interpretations range from stone age sex symbol and mother godess to talisman, shaman and ancestor cult object, dependig on the interpreter and his or her social and political background.

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    Female terracotta figurine coming from a circular ditch in Maizy (Aisne, France). 5th millenium BCE.

    03-03-04/24

    Venus with a horn. Bas-relief. Palaeolithic (20th mill. BCE), found at Laussel near Marquay, Dordogne, France.

    06-01-01/20

    Female statuette from Tiszadada-Kalvinhaza, Hungary. See also 06-01-02/13 Terracotta with shell incrustations. Neolithic Height 9.6 cm

    06-01-02/12

    Mother and child. Terracotta From Drenovac, Serbia. Vinca Culture, Neolithic (5th mill. BCE). Height 21 cm Inv. 5670

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    Female figurine found in a tomb under a house. A mothergoddess.Around 6.000 BCE From Tell es Sawwan, middle Tigris, near Samarra. Alabaster,H:4 cm DAO 33

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    Headless female terracotta figurine known as Venus of Malta From Hagar Qim, Malta; 3400-3000 BCE

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    Human figure made of marble. Standing female body with crossed arms. Settlement tumulus; Chalcolithic Period (Karanovo VI). From Starozagorski mineralni bani, Bulgaria. Height: 10,1cm

    03-03-04/ 8

    Venus of Eggendorf - female idol. Early Middle-Neolithic; from Eggendorf am Walde, Lower Austria. Height: 25,3cm

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    "Violin" figure, Cycladic from the island of Amorgos in the Aegean, around 2.800 BCE. Breasts, arms and the pubic triangle makes the relationship to the human body more obvious. GR 1889.5-21.2

    03-05-03/15

    Sitting woman. Terracotta, from Cirna Woda, Romania. Neolithic,Polished stone age, end 4th mill.BCE Height 11.5 cm Inv. 15907

    06-01-01/19

    The Grimaldi Venus. Steatite figure. Palaeolithic (25th mill. BCE) Perigourdien Superieur. Height 4.5 cm

    06-01-01/22

    "Venus" from the Galgenberg Hill, Lower Austria, the oldest female statue ever found. Aurignacien (30th-16th mill. BCE) Height 6.9 cm

    06-01-02/11

    Female idol, marble. From Bulgaria, Azmaska Mogila Habitat, Karanovo Culture. Neolithic (6th-5th Mill. BCE) Height 7 cm

    06-01-02/14

    Goddess sitting on a throne, hands folded over her belly. A rich ornamental design covers the body below the breasts. See also 06-01-02/15,16,18,19 H 23 cm, Tisza Culture, from Koekenydomb, Hungary. Inv. 761/42

    06-01-02/17

    Female idol, terracotta, from Vadastra, Romania. Richly ornamented dress. Neolithic Height 40 cm Inv. 15.908

    06-01-02/20

    Funeral idol, clay, from Cirna Woda, Romania. Middle Bronze Age (1500-1200 BCE)

    06-03-01/12

    The "sleeping woman of Malta". Reclining female idol on a bed with four legs. Terracotta, from the Hypogeum near Tarxien, Malta. Length 16 cm

    07-02-02/ 4

    Female idol from Strelice, Moravia. Lengyel Culture, Neolithic (5th-4th mill. BCE) Terracotta. Height 21.5 cm

    07-02-03/21

    Sitting nude in birth-position. Painted terracotta figure Tell Halaf, Northern Syria Size 8.3 cm AO 21 095

    08-02-03/ 1

    Woman carrying a child. Terracotta figurine from Cyprus (2000-1600 BCE) 16 x 7.7 cm AM 1454

    08-02-03/15

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