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).
Shaped in brown steatite, this figurine has a generous body, with exaggerated sexual characters, but, on the contrary, a head and limbs reduced.
Very stylized, it evokes femininity, motherhood and fertility, which were to be important notions for prehistoric hunter-gatherer groups.
Reproduction in patinated resin
Height: 10.5 cm.
Width: 3 cm.
Depth: 3 cm.
Weight: 200 g.
Origin: Balzi Rossi Caves in Grimaldi (Italy). Excavations Louis Alexandre Jullien, 1883-1896
Period: Gravettien towards - 29000/- 22000 years old
Museum: Saint-Germain-en-Laye - National Archaeological Museum