Goddess of Willendorf
28,000–25,000 BCE
Limestone – 4.25″ high
Found in 1908 in
Willendorf, Lower Austria

willendorfWhile the “Venus” of Willendorf is the most well known of the Upper Paleolithic goddess figures, her actual cultural meaning may never be understood. With her enormous breasts, enlarged abdomen and ample buttocks, she is usually interpreted as the quintessential “Mother Goddess.” Because the figure bears traces of red ochre, it is assumed she was used for ritualistic purposes.

Naturhistorisches Museum,
Vienna, Austria

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