Thursday, May 14, 2009

World's Oldest Sculpture discovered - a Venus figurine

(Fair use via Wikipedia)

Most of the interpretaions are pretty patriarchal and sexist but this would have been identified as a goddess by archaeologist Marija Gimbutas. See video on Gimbutas in the post below.

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UPDATE: Great New Article - God the Mother or Paleolithic Porn? by Dale Allen at the Huffington Post

AP: Ivory sculpture in Germany could be world's oldest

Video from Nature

Venus of Hohle Fels from Wikipedia

1 comment:

James Harrod said...

On my OriginsNet blog I propose that this figurine is covered with geometric signs and scarification marks, and interpret these as evidence for female puberty initiation rituals, with parallel to later Gravettian 'Double Goddess' (grandmother-mother-daughter) symbolism that continues into the Neolithic of Europe.
Scroll down to my June 12, 2009 post where I indicate the geometric signs.
JB Harrod

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