Venus Figurines Essay

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Register to read the introduction… They are in essence, small Paleolithic figurines of women, and sometimes (but a limited few) of men. The age of the Venus figurines covers a time span from 27,000 years ago, to 20,000 years ago. The Venus figurines have been found carved in stone, ivory and wood, and constructed of clay. The most famous Venus figurine is the "Venus of Willendorf." However, it is only one small portion of the diversity of all the figurines found through out Europe. The sizes and proportions of the Venus figurines vary. The Willendorf figurine, and several others of its type are endowed with large breasts, a large stomach, and swollen thighs, and is obviously pregnant. Other figurines are shown carrying horns (cornucopias) with much the same characteristics of the Willendorf type figurines. Other figurines differ in shape and size, some are thin but obviously pregnant, and other figurines differ in age and are small. Still other figurines have been found with traces of red ochre paint on …show more content…
The idea of a fertility goddess or mother goddess is found through out most (if not all) cultures of the world. Within Europe, the Venus, or female form, has had it is proliferation into the many pantheons of goddesses and gods through out Europe. The Venus of Willendorf itself, does not cease to hide its feminine aspects, and is quite similar in characteristics to the Gaia figure within Greek mythology. Similarly Venus/Aphrodite (Roman and Greek classical), are both goddesses of fertility, love and sexuality, and are depicted in similar ways as the Venus figurines, (in particular the nudes of Venus). However, the name Venus should not be taken to mean that the figurines were earlier forms of the classically known Venus' (The name Venus figurine was given by the anthropologists who discovered them, not by the Paleolithic

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