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34,000-year-old ivory Venus discovered
Figurine is the oldest ivory sculpture outside southern Germany
Sensation find: Archaeologists have discovered in Saxony-Anhalt Palaeolithic fragments of a Venus figure. The carefully crafted pieces of ivory are around 34,000 years old and resemble the famous Venus of the High Rock. So they are a real rarity. Because figurative art from this time was previously known only from caves of the Swabian Alb. The new find now represents the oldest known ivory sculpture outside southern Germany.
Projection of the Breitenbacher ivory fragments on the thighs and breasts of Venus vom Hohle Fels and a Venusfigur made of ivory from the Russian site Kostenki
© J. Lipták / MAE RAS￼
The Paleolithic site Breitenbach near Zeitz in Saxony-Anhalt is a true treasury for archaeologists: The site is considered one of the oldest ivory workshops in the world. Here, our ancestors processed mammoth ivory around 34,000 years ago and made tiny beads out of it, for example. But that's not all: Artful sculptures apparently already belonged to the repertoire of the artists living there, as a unique find now shows.
Fragments of a Venus
For in 2012 discovered ivory fragments from Breitenbach have now turned out to be fragments of a so-called Venus figure. The three small, only between 1.4 and 1.8 centimeters large fragments appear at first glance, although very inconspicuous, but have been carefully edited and polished.
And: They can be easily assigned completely preserved figures similar to the famous Venus of the High Rock . This ivory sculpture is considered the oldest example of figurative art worldwide and was found a few years ago in the Swabian Alb .
Oldest find outside southern Germany
The finding of Olaf Jöris of the Research Center for Human Behavioral Evolution "Monrepos" in Neuwied and his colleagues is a small sensation: So far, sculptured statuettes from the time of the so-called Aurignacian culture were known only from caves in southern Germany.Later, figural sculptures can be found throughout the Eurasian space, as the team reports.
The Venus figure of Breitenbach is thus the oldest known ivory sculpture, which was discovered outside of southern Germany. According to the researchers, this shows that figurative sculptures in Aurignacia are part of a tradition that was not limited to southern Germany alone - but spread beyond that by the end of this cultural phase at the latest.
"Breitenbach is thus at the turning point of a transregional cultural upheaval, which can probably be understood as a change in the worldviews and social coexistence," it said in a statement.
originally posted by: skalla
a reply to: pavil
When food supplies could be uncertain BBWs were regarded as extra spesh. Ripe for bearing children and all that.
Primal art is all about the plumpers, mother goddess gotta be ready to spawn
originally posted by: St Udio
the "Venus" designation is a stupid device to get clicks imho
The expression 'Venus' was first used in the mid-nineteenth century by the Marquis de Vibraye
originally posted by: pavil
a reply to: MindBodySpiritComplex
Were ancient women just like Kim Kardasian or what? With the big boobs and asses?