The “Venus” Figurines

Using data from Europe, we argue that the garments portrayed were made of plant fibers and that their exquisite detailing reflects the important role played by textiles in Upper Paleolithic cultures

O. Soffer; J. M. Adovasio; D. C. Hyland

2002

Key concepts

Scholarcy highlights

  • Research on Gravettian textiles and basketry informs our understanding of Upper Paleolithic ideology and yields new insights on one component of Stone Age material culture—the “Venus” figurines
  • Using data from Europe, we argue that the garments portrayed were made of plant fibers and that their exquisite detailing reflects the important role played by textiles in Upper Paleolithic cultures
  • The iconography associates these technologies with women as well as with power, prestige, and value

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