|This carving is a somewhat modified interpretation of a well known figure in what has come to be known as the Venus figures. This piece is based on the Venus of Willendorf carving, found in 1908 in Austria and now dated as having been carved sometime between 24,000 and 22,000 BCE. Clearly any interpretation will be purely speculative, but it is generally assume now that this was a fertility piece. |
What I find most intriguing about this carving is the fine detail considering its age and the tools that would likely have been available. The original fits comfortably in the palm of you hand, and it is believed that it was never meant to stand up as it has no feet. All focus on the design seems to be around the body features relating to the process of procreation..the large breasts, the genitals and clearly a very large woman which at that time was probably a desirable trait for bearing children.
This is probably the most unusual carving in our collection at this time.
We have only one copy of this available.