She is an Earth Mother. The Venus of Willendorf, circa 28.000 – 25,000 BC, is a limestone, red ochre fertility figurine. She stands 11cm in height. Found in 1908 by archeologist Joseph Szombathy in an Aurignacian loess deposit near the town of Willendorf in Austria, she is now housed in the Natural History Museum in Vienna.
She has sparked quite some interest as to her purpose. Is she a fertility figurine or goddess? Perhaps she is an early example of a faceless ‘selfie’. Whatever she is, experts do not seem to have been able to reach a consensus.
Other similar figurines have been found elsewhere, but this particular one seems to be the most famous and well known. She came to my attention again just this last week. I found a crochet pattern to make my very own Venus of Willendorf – and there she is on the top right. She is gorgeous, as only an ancient goddess can be. and has found a home inside my amethyst cave. The perfect place for a Paleolithic woman.
I have some affinity with her of course, as I myself, have often been told I am an Earth Mother. Not to mention the fact that *blush* there is somewhat of a physical resemblance as well. Cuddly is the endearment my family use in reference to me. I am told that I give great hugs too *a deeper blush*.
© Raili Tanska
The earth is our mother, we must take care of her.
Photo credit: Naturhistorisches Museum, Vienna, Photo by Matthias Kabel via Wikimedia Commons,
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