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Title: "Venus" of Willendorf

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Subject: History
Author: Brian O
Date: May 6, 2014
Level: University
Grade: A
Length: 3 / 689
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As the earliest known representation, she became the "first woman," acquiring a sort of Ur-Eve identity that focused suitably, from a patriarchal point of view, on the fascinating reality of the female body. Archeologists have suggested many different ways of understanding its significance for the nomadic society, which made it...

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The first suggestion is that it was a "Venus figure" or "Goddess," used as a symbol of fertility. Apart from being female, the statue has an enlarged stomach and breasts, its pubic area is greatly emphasized, probably serving as a representative of procreativity, and the red ochre pigment covering it has been thought to symbolize or serve as menstrual blood seen as a life-giving agent...

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