Venus of Willendorf
The Venus of Willendorf is a small figure of the Paleolithic. It belongs to the superior Paleolithic, more specifically the Aurignacian Paleolithic period. It is dated from about 20,000 before Christ and was found in a paleolithic site near Willendorf, Austria, on the shores of the Danube.
Simply, it depicts a nude female figure that could be a symbol of fertility. It is faceless in the head, and there is a strong exaggeration in the size of the belly, breasts and legs, which are obese. The feet of the statue are not carved so it can’t to remain standing for itself.
The Prehistoric Art begins with the Stone Age: Paleolithic and Neolithic. In the Stone Age are used, as the name says, stones, carved in Paleolithic and polished in Neolithic. Comprises from about 1.2 million years ago until 1000 before Christ. It follows the Age of Metals.
In conclusion, this is the most famous Paleolithic Venus. Maybe it's its form, its conservation... but it is one of the oldest figures of the world.
It is located in the Natural History Museum of Vienna, Austria.