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Female Figurine

23,000-21,000 BC

Limestone

H 10.2 cm

Kostenky settlement

This figurine represents the Palaeolithic 'Venus', with overlarge breasts and belly. The faceless head bends towards the chest while the arms are pressed to the body with hands on the belly. Covering the surface of the head are rows of incisions indicating a hair style or cap. Relief work in the form of a tight plait convey a breast ornament tied up at the back. There are bracelets on the arms.

This figurine may possibly personify the goddess of fertility, mother-ancestor, or guardian of the home.

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