The Venus of Siberia
The Venus of Siberia
"Stunning 23,000-year-old Venus With Derriere Like Kim Kardashian's Unearthed in Russia"
Daily Mail newspaper headline cries!
I would like to presence new versions of what these figurines are or were. They are from a world long lost to us. She, like so many of our Goddesses was dusted with Red Ochre a symbol of blood, blood of life, and we all know that our Moontime offers us deep DREAMING.
Could her bounteous body represent a healthy bleeding woman who can access the dream for the tribe.
Everything is theory.
Carved of mammoth tusk, these female forms - as he supposed - rested in the 'moist and warm soil' soaked by a recent night thunderstorm. Seemingly enchanted and using language veering from the strictly scientific into the lyrical, he hailed this figurine as 'not a dead piece of an alien and long-vanished world, but something thrilling, soulful and full of life. Such prehistoric statuettes are 'ceremonial' and 'ritual' objects,'
Radiocarbon analysis suggests tribes of hunters and gatherers
lived here 21,000 to 24,000 years ago.
Venus Figurine Proportions
"As far as explanations for these Venus figurines, there are quite a few possibilities. Some argue that these figurines
were used for fertility magic, that possibly
they were used as tokens to help a woman get pregnant.
Others argue that it’s possible these statues were a part of a Mother Goddess cult, so they could be worship objects.
Because of the broad similarities in the statues all across Europe, these could represent a social network.
They all seem to represent a large sized woman, but constructing identities would account for their differences. For example, variations might represent specific styles from different local groups.
The Venus figurines could also represent the physical condition of steatopygia, where the breasts and buttocks are extremely enlarged. This may have actually been more common in the Upper Palaeolithic. The statues could also have been a form of pornography, or even a form of self-representations made by the women themselves."
Stone Age Archaeology department of Archaeology Institute, Moscow. Pictures:
Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography