Goddess of Menton
24,000–19,000 BCE
Yellow Steatite – 1.9″ high
Found in 1883 in Caves of
Grimaldi, Liguria, Italy

mentonFound in a well known Ligurian Upper Paleolithic site, Menton is a compact, almost bilaterally symmetrical figure with prominent breasts, abdomen and buttocks. She has no forearms, and like most Ice Age goddess figures, no facial features. Her head is bent forward, and long hair flows down her back in a manner that recalls the famous Matisse bronze panels in the garden of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Musée des Antiquities Nationales,
Saint-Germaine-en-Laye, France


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