Friday, May 15, 2009

A sexy "Venus" figurine is the oldest sculpted figure on record!


This little figure states the obvious!

LONDON (Reuters) - A sexually suggestive Venus figurine with oversized breasts and thighs dates back at least 35,000 years and shows ancient humans had sex on their minds, researchers said Wednesday.

The 60-millimetre-long figurine may be the oldest piece of its kind yet discovered and suggests Palaeolithic art was far more complex than many had thought, Nicholas Conard of Tubingen University in Germany wrote in the journal Nature.

Radiocarbon dating indicates the figure excavated from an archaeological dig in southern Germany, near the Danube valley, was at least 35,000 years old, the researchers said.

"The discovery predates the well-known Venuses from the Gravettian culture by at least 5,000 years and radically changes our views of the context and meaning of the earliest Palaeolithic art," Conard wrote.

"Before this discovery ... female imagery was entirely unknown."

The figurine's enlarged breasts, bloated belly and thighs also make clear that sexual symbolism was alive and well tens of thousand of years ago, Paul Mellars of the University of Cambridge, wrote in a commentary.

"The feature of the newly discovered figure that will undoubtedly command most attention is its explicitly, almost aggressively, sexual nature, focused on the sexual characteristics of the female form," he wrote.

"Whichever way one views these representations, it is clear that the sexually symbolic dimension in European (and indeed worldwide) art has a long ancestry in the evolution of our species."

(Reporting by Michael Kahn; Editing by Julie Steenhuysen)


Of course Humans have "Sex" on their minds! What do you think it takes to make 6 billion of us! Jeez!
I can imagine some cave dweller seeing the figure and saying..."Look at the rack on this thing! She looks like Oogla!"
Yup! Humanity have always been this crass.
And that's the way I like it!

5 comments:

mosanna1 said...

Does it "state the obvious"? Are we sure it doesn't commemorate the pregnancy of a beloved mate (for instance)?

Maxarathiel Les'Shyerar said...

Yes! That could be the obvious. To me the obvious is not sex. It will be a full meal at a KFC.

Thank you for reading and commenting! I appreciate it.

M

Sarah said...

Proof-positive that the modeling/fashion industry has been controlling what people consider attractive since long (long) before Vogue and Cosmo...

Aeeryn said...

you men are such pigs. The figurinne is a representation of mother earth, and the sexuality of it a remainder that she has given birth to all life, thus she is Mother to all; and we should all respect each other as we are all brothers and sisters.

Now, of course it is also a mannequin from Paleo Secret(tm), so you could drape your loincloth the proper way, duh!

Sarah said...

You mean from Oola's Secret's summer loincloth collection?