Woman of Willendorf
Date ca. 28,000-25,000 BCE
Movement Prehistoric, Upper Paleolithic, Aurignacian
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.