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Venus of Hohle Fels
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Venus of Hohle Fels

The Venus of Hohle Fels is the oldest goddess figure ever found and was discovered Germany in 2009. She is estimated to be over 35,000 years old and is not only considered to be the oldest Goddess figure ever found, but also the oldest example of figurative art known today.

She is obviously completely nude, though by today's common sexual tastes, few would regard the figure as sexually stimulating. However, her sexual features are very pronounced and perhaps exaggerated and for this reason she is widely accepted as being a symbol of fertility.

It may be condescending to assume food was in short supply for this primitive society of hunters and gatherers, though it is important to note that she was carved during a time when there wasn't a McPizzaKing on every street corner. Food may not have been scarce but life would have been hard and it would be rare to find a woman in such wonderful health. Looking back, it is possible that this was seen as a very attractive figure and possibly erotic. Then again, it may just be a religious idol.

The Venus of Hohle Fels bears a striking similarity to the Venus of Willendorf which is dated at about 18,000BC; 15,000 years after the Venus of Hohle Fels. The most obvious difference is the size of the head, but other than that they share the same features; exageratted breasts and vagina and heavy set figure. It is amazing to think that Venuses such as these were being carved for over 15,000 years in Europe!

Carvings such as this have been found across most of Europe. In my opinion they are classic examples of erotic art from the time before the Greeks and Romans.