Woman of Willendorf

Woman of Willendorf

Date ca. 28,000-25,000 BCE

Movement Prehistoric, Upper Paleolithic, Aurignacian

Medium Limestone

Dimensions Height 4.375”

Provenance Willendorf, Austria

Housed at Naturhistorisches Museum, Vienna

 

Prominence of the female genitalia and lack of facial details would have one believe that this figurine was a symbol of fertility, compounded by the fact that this piece was originally named the “Venus of Willendorf,” “Venus” typically used to name a culture’s goddess of love or fertility; however, extremely little is known about who created this sculpture and for what purpose.