Venus of Dolni Vestonice
A replica of the venus figure recovered from the palaeolithic site of Dolni Vestonice in Moravia, Czech Republic in 1925. It dates from around 25000BC-23000BC. The original was made from a mixture of charred powdered bone and clay.
These small sculptures seem to have been deliberately deposited in the landscape as some sort of sacrifice and were probably intended to ensure fertility. The figures often accentuate the key physical characteristics of the female form, such as the breasts, abdomen and hips.