Reconsidering: The Venus figurines

Before we get started: Warning for nudity below the cut, may be NSFW.

What’s the Mona Lisa of the archaeological world? Tough question, but many would argue that a strong contender would be the Venus figurines.

The Venus of Willemdorf, possibly the most famous Venus figurine (Image credit: The Bradshaw Foundation).

These little sculptures are large enough to fit in the palm of your hand and older than the Ice Age – in fact, most were probably made around 27,000 – 21,000 BCE (AKA: Before the Common Era). Impressive vintage, certainly, but I think something else about this sculpture catches your attention.

Like, I don’t know… the insane proportions.

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