The limestone Venus of Kostienki.
Kostenki is a very important Paleolithic site on the Don River in Russia. It was a site that contained figures of Venus, dwellings made of mammoth bones, and many flint and bone tools. Kostenki / Kostienki is not in fact a single site, but rather an area on the right bank of the Don River in the regions of the villages of Kostenki and Borshevo, comprising more than twenty sites, all dating from the Palaeolithic.
Found at the Russian site of Kostenki in 1988, it is by far the largest object of this type known since the Ice Age. The height of the surviving fragment is 13.5 cm. It is remarkable not only for its massive size and prominent navel, but also for the wrist bracelets, which appear to be joined at the front like a pair of handcuffs.
Moulded directly from the original model. Dimensions of our reproduction are identical to those of the original.
The patina has been enriched with ossein so that the rendering is as faithful as possible to the original.
Height : 13,5 cm (5.11").
Width : 7,2 cm (2.75").
Depth : 6 cm (2.36").
Period: Upper Palaeolithic.
Culture: Gravettian (around 20,000 to 25,000 years BP).
Date of discovery: 1988.
Place of discovery: Kostyonki-Borshchyovo archaeological complex in Russia.
Conservation: Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.
The piece is mounted on a solid oak base. This type of base allows the objects to be removed completely. In this way, they can be held and admired more easily.
An "integrated or adjoining" resin base version is also available (ask for details).
Reproduction sold with an authentication document + its base + its reinforced transport box.
Version protected INPI with copyright "©Le-Paléoscope", year 2016".