This feminine statuette or "Venus" was discovered at the end of the 19th century in the Balzi Rossi caves at Grimaldi in Italy, near the Franco-Italian border. It is attributed to the gravettian period (around -25,000 years).
This figurine sculpted in green soapstone was nicknamed "the Lozenge" because of a losangic silhouette, with a generous body but a head and reduced limbs.
It is a pregnant woman, with exaggerated sexual and maternal characteristics, who evokes fertility, an important notion for prehistoric hunter-gatherers.
Reproduction in patinated resin
Height: 11.5 cm.
Width: 3 cm.
Depth: 3 cm.
Weight: 200 g.
Origin: Balzi Rossi Caves in Grimaldi (Italy). Excavations Louis Alexandre Jullien, 1883-1895
Period: Gravettien towards - 29000/- 22000 years old
Museum: Saint-Germain-en-Laye - National Archaeological Museum