"Ceramic Venus" from Dolny Vestonice

"Ceramic Venus" from Dolny Vestonice
"Ceramic Venus" from Dolny Vestonice

Venus from Dolny Vestonice is a ceramic figurine of a nude female figure dating from 31,000 to 30,000 BC, which was found in a Paleolithic site of the Gravettian culture in the Moravian Basin south of Brno.

This figurine, along with several other nearby sites, is the oldest known pottery in the world, predating the use of fired clay to make pottery. It is 111 millimeters (4.4 inches) high and 43 millimeters (1. 7 inches) wide at its widest point. It is made of clay that has been fired at a relatively low temperature.

The Palaeolithic settlement of Dolní Vestonice in Moravia, Czech Republic, has been systematically explored by archaeologists since 1924 at the initiative of Karel Absolon. In addition to the Venus figurine, figurines of animals - a bear, lion, mammoth, horse, fox, rhinoceros and an owl - and more than 2,000 baked clay balls were found in Dolny Vestonice.

It should be noted that there are four holes at the top of the figure.

The figurine was discovered on July 13, 1925 in a layer of ash, broken into two parts. It was once exhibited at the Moravian Museum in Brno, but now it is only occasionally available to the public.

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