Venus of Kostenki

This is one of a number of Venus Figurines found in a small area in Russia.  This small stone figure is about 25,000 years old.  While debate about the purpose of all such figurines is ongoing, I have always felt that they are essentially ritual objects that still resonate at some deep level artistically.  They are a connection between us and our paleolithic ancestors — a glimpse into their minds and their creative impulse.  More information about this particular figure here.  This figure in both the simple perimeter and oval versions is approximately 5" tall.

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