The Venus of Willendorf


Jessica Liew
by Oke
published on 07 July 2017
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Found in Willendorf, Austria in 1908 CE, the Venus of Willendorf is a limestone statuette likely carved between 24,000 and 22,000 years ago, making it one of the oldest pieces of art in the world. The faceless, voluptuous, female figure is considered typical of this type of pre-historic art though surviving examples are rare. The 11.1 cm figurine would easily fit in the palm of the hand, allowing for easy transport by the nomadic peoples of Ice Age Europe and a possible indication that it may have been used in some sort of fertility ritual. Today, the Venus of Willendorf can be viewed at the Naturhistorisches Museum in Vienna.

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