Venus of Willendorf
This replica beautifully rendered in clay is based on a limestone original found at Willendorf, Austria. Discovered on a terrace about 30 meters above the River Danube, she dates back to around 28000 BC and is one of the earliest representations of the human form.
Created by hunter gatherers during the last Ice Age, these small votive sculptures seem to have been deliberately deposited in the landscape or water as some form of sacrifice or offering to the gods to ensure fertility or prosperity.
Handmade from clay and smoke fired to give the sculpture its' distinctive patina. 12 cm high.