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A replica of the paleolithic carving of a female figure found near Krems, Austria in 1908.   The material used was an oolite limestone, and the original had some red ochre on the surface.   Several similar artifacts have been found throughout Europe also dating to the Paleolithic, but this example is the most famous and complete(at 4.4 inches tall).   Estimated to be around 30,000 years old, it was carved by a Paleolithic culture we do not know much about.   There are many theories about what she represents, having such exaggerated features, but this is all speculation.   The feet look broken but examination shows they are complete the way it was originally finished.   The head has no facial features, and it is unkown for sure if the pattern there represents a headress or hair style.   This replica is made in epoxy, and is a great example of early art in Paleolithic Europe.  * In2022, research by the University of Vienna discovered the limestone source of the material.  Intead of the expected local source, it turns out the raw material came from 450 miles away, near Sega di Ala in the Italian Alps.  This gives more insight into the travel of cultures during that time, as the journey would have passed through mountains, and raises questions about the pathways during changing Ice Age climates.

Venus of Willendorf Replica

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