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The Courbet Venus; about 14,900 years old; carved from fine-grained red quartzite. 25 mm.

The Courbet Venus; about 14,900 years old; carved from fine-grained red quartzite. 25 mm.

Mother goddess figurine "Romanian Venus from Cucuteni". Own cast.

Mother goddess figurine "Romanian Venus from Cucuteni". Own cast.

The Kiss, prehistoric 3200BC, malta

The Kiss, prehistoric 3200BC, malta

Venus de Roumanie. Culture de Cucuteni, Néolithique, ca 5000  BCE

Venus Figurines

Venus de Roumanie. Culture de Cucuteni, Néolithique, ca 5000 BCE

Venus from Kostenki. Ancient goddess figurine from Kostenki, Voronezh region, Russia. Own cast.

Venus from Kostenki. Ancient goddess figurine from Kostenki, Voronezh region, Russia. Own cast.

Figure in the Nagoya City Museum /04dogu /ōmon period Dogu scupture, Japan (14,000 BCE-300 BCE)

Figure in the Nagoya City Museum /04dogu /ōmon period Dogu scupture, Japan (14,000 BCE-300 BCE)

Venus", height 8 cm (3.2"), putatively ca. 450,000 years BP. The drilled hole through it is an interesting feature.

Venus", height 8 cm (3.2"), putatively ca. 450,000 years BP. The drilled hole through it is an interesting feature.

Neolithic mother goddess figurine, Sardinia, 5th millennium BCE. Evidence of increasingly elaborate island culture at this time.

Neolithic mother goddess figurine, Sardinia, 5th millennium BCE. Evidence of increasingly elaborate island culture at this time.

Gagarino site, Lipetsk region.  20 000 - 22 000 BP The statuette on the right is of particular interest, because of the unique pose: arms on the chest and hands raised to the face in a 'prayer' gesture. Photo: Vladimir Gorodnjanski, 2011

Gagarino site, Lipetsk region. 20 000 - 22 000 BP The statuette on the right is of particular interest, because of the unique pose: arms on the chest and hands raised to the face in a 'prayer' gesture. Photo: Vladimir Gorodnjanski, 2011

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