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Venus of Willendorf

30,000 BCE, Upper Paleolithic period, Fertile Earth Mother Goddess, perishable art archeology

About 200 Venus figurines fashioned in the Gravettian period- 27,000 to 22,000 years ago. Until archeology embarked upon engendering and including women in its research such as Marija Gimbutas, many experts thought the figure sported a coiled hair-do. However, the finds of the Venus figurines also show many fine bone and ivory needles in this same Paleolithic era. Weaving and threads- fabric was most likely the perishable women's artform that is invisible in androcratic science but becomes transparent in a woman's hand- or a tailor in her hands today. A weaver or a basket maker would instantly state that the coiling of the hair-do is either a basket or a weave. The artifact can be speculated to be a tool, a model so to speak for other weavers to mirror when doing their needle work! Disregard of the fine tools ancient females undertook such as fine bone needles and hunting with nets is apparent in much of the summations about the ancients.


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