Goddess of Dolní Věstonice
29,000–25,000 BCE
Ceramic – Figure 4.4″ high
Found in 1925 in the Moravian basin,
Brno, Czech Republic

Cornelia Kavanagh dolni Goddess of Dolní Věstonice  Rarely exhibited, Dolní Věstonice is the oldest ceramic representation of the human figure in the world. It was found with thousands of clay animals in a site near Brno. Often referred to as the “Black Venus,” the figure has several unique features that are hauntingly mysterious – obliquely incised slits instead of eyes from which symbolic tears appear to be flowing, and four holes on top of her head that may have held stones, seeds or feathers used for ritualistic purposes.

Moravské Zemské Muzeum,
Brno, Czech Republic

Cornelia Kavanagh dolni Goddess of Dolní Věstonice

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