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Venus Figurine Sheds Light On Origins Of Art By Early Humans

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« on: May 14, 2009, 08:11:34 am »









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The statue is notable not just for its symbolism, but for its style particularly its sexuality.

"The figure is explicitly and blatantly that of a woman, with an exaggeration of sexual characteristics (large, projecting breasts, a greatly enlarged and explicit vulva, and bloated belly and thighs) that by twenty-first-century standards could be seen as bordering on the pornographic," Mellars wrote in a commentary essay in Nature.

Scientists guess that it may have represented female fertility, or been related to shamanistic rituals and beliefs.
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