Venus de Willendorf


The Venus of Willendorf was mentioned in more than one of my recent reads (it may have had something to do with the books being by the same author) and with mention of her in the context of strong women I decided to make my own.

Venus - solid Bronze


Venus- solid silver

The Venus de Willendorf is a statuette of a human figure found in 1908 in Willendorf, an Austrain village and is believed to date back as far as 25,000 years.

She is one of many statuettes portraying women from the Paleolithic era to have been found across Europe and Asia since the discovery of the first, Venus Impudique in 1864.

With no clear evidence of what the statuettes represent, some hypothesise that with the largely proportioned breasts, hips and bellies and little attention to faces and arms the figurines are representations of fertility. Some believe they functioned as goddess figures or religious objects, portable in size and carried as one roamed from place to place and others suggest that with no evidence that these Venus statuettes represent ideals of love and beauty- as per their namesake- the name lives on and gives more insight into the people who found them than it does of her true origin in 22,000-24,000 B.C



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