In history, there are a lot of creative things done which are inspired by the Roman goddess of love, Venus. Venus de Milo is the most known sculpture of the goddess for a long time, but recently a new piece that dates about 20,000 years old had been discovered, Venus of Willendorf. It had been found in the early 20th century and as it was believed that it was a fertility sculpture it was given that title. This sculpture is very mysterious as even the field experts are not sure about its purpose, origin, and portrayal.Via:MyModernMet


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The small statue had been discovered from Willendorf in Austria and its height is about 4.4 inches. The work of art is one of the oldest in the world because it is believed that it had been crafted somewhere around 30,000-25,000 BCE. the statute is a nude figure of a female and it’s made of limestone and red orch is used for ting. It’s a faceless figure but the head area has a decor that looks like a braid or maybe a headdress. It had been concluded as a fertility figure cause of its appearance.


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#3. Heard of Venus Figurines?

“Venus Impudique” (Photo: Wikimedia Commons Public Domain)

They are small statues made in the upper Paleolithic era and are female figures. It is said by many historians that maybe they had celebrated things that are related to fertility and femininity eroticism and goddesses. In Asia and Europe, there are about 144 fertility figurines found. And of them, not all have similarities to Venus of Willendorf.

PBS had explained that the time the people who made the statue lived in was a harsh ice-age environment and maybe features like fertility and fatness have been highly desirable. Therefore body parts like the breast and pelvic girdle which are very important for a reproduction to be successful might have mattered a lot.  And the parts might have been isolated and amplified the brain of the artist.


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Venus, the goddess is known for beauty, love, desire, and sex. And due to the look of these statues, they have been named after Venus by Paul Hauralt, an amateur archeologist who had first found such figurines in 1864.

#5.How it had been discovered.

Willendorf Venus
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During an excavation in Willendorf village in Austria, Johann Veran has discovered it in 1908. At first, it had been said that it was sculptured in 10,000 BCE and later after studies, it was said that it dated about 20,000 years back in 1970. But finally, it was said in 1990 after researches that it dates around 25,000-30,000 BCE.

Not much is known about the origin of the statue but It is a highlighting thing in Naturhistorisches Museum.

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