The lady of Pazardzik

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The Venus of Pazardzik

The Vinca culture was a Neolithic culture known as Old Europe (6th-3rd millennium BC), extending around the Danube in Serbia, Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria and the Republic of Macedonia, with traces in the Balkans, parts of Central Europe and Asia Minor.

This terracotta statue was found in Pazardzik (Bulgaria) and dates from the 5th millennium BC. It is only 18 cm high and depicts a seated woman with her hands on her stomach. Her head is bent backwards and she is wearing a kind of mask with a pronounced nose and holes in her mouth.

It is quite possible that these holes were used to insert feathers, culms or flowers. Traces of pollen have been found in many Neolithic images with the same type of holes. The presence of a lemniscate at the pubis is striking.

Dimensions :
Height: 18 cm (7.08").
Width: 11 cm (4.33").
Depth: 14 cm (5.51").
Material: Resin.
Culture: Karanovo.
Period :  (6th millennium B.C.).
Place of discovery: Municipality of Pazardzik (Bulgaria).
Conservation: National Museum of Vienna (Austria).

Made of acrylic resin enriched with iron oxides and charcoal to restore the appearance of the original model.

The moulding was made by taking an impression of the original model, the dimensions and weight are identical to the original.

The piece is mounted on a solid oak base. This type of base makes it possible to remove the object completely from its base and to contemplate it more easily from all angles.

Reproduction sold with an authentication document + its base + its reinforced transport box.
Version protected INPI with copyright "©The-Paléoscope", year 2018".

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The Neolithic settlers of Vinca placed great importance on spiritual life, as evidenced by their cult objects.

Their anthropomorphic figurines have a characteristic dignified attitude and their number (more than 1000 in Vinca alone) exceeds the total number of figurines discovered in Aegean Greece.

Sanctuaries have been discovered in Parca Transylvania with complex architectural designs.

Their works of art have a system of symbols in which balance, equilibrium and cyclical awareness play a major role.
Some of the ceramic figurines and dishes discovered in the vast region from Gornja Tuzla to Tartaria bear signs that some scholars suppose to be primitive forms of writing.

M. Gimbutas writes: "The Lady of Pazardzik is a classic example of the pregnant goddess. Her centre of gravity, located in the abdomen, draws her towards the earth of which she is a part. Her vast proportions, which are the essence of this sculpture, are the symbol of the fertile earth".

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The lady of Pazardzik

The Venus of Pazardzik

The Vinca culture was a Neolithic culture known as Old Europe (6th-3rd millennium BC), extending around the Danube in Serbia, Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria and the Republic of Macedonia, with traces in the Balkans, parts of Central Europe and Asia Minor.

This terracotta statue was found in Pazardzik (Bulgaria) and dates from the 5th millennium BC. It is only 18 cm high and depicts a seated woman with her hands on her stomach. Her head is bent backwards and she is wearing a kind of mask with a pronounced nose and holes in her mouth.

It is quite possible that these holes were used to insert feathers, culms or flowers. Traces of pollen have been found in many Neolithic images with the same type of holes. The presence of a lemniscate at the pubis is striking.

Dimensions :
Height: 18 cm (7.08").
Width: 11 cm (4.33").
Depth: 14 cm (5.51").
Material: Resin.
Culture: Karanovo.
Period :  (6th millennium B.C.).
Place of discovery: Municipality of Pazardzik (Bulgaria).
Conservation: National Museum of Vienna (Austria).

Made of acrylic resin enriched with iron oxides and charcoal to restore the appearance of the original model.

The moulding was made by taking an impression of the original model, the dimensions and weight are identical to the original.

The piece is mounted on a solid oak base. This type of base makes it possible to remove the object completely from its base and to contemplate it more easily from all angles.

Reproduction sold with an authentication document + its base + its reinforced transport box.
Version protected INPI with copyright "©The-Paléoscope", year 2018".

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