venus "Beauty and the Beast"

BALZI ROSSI

"Beauty and the Beast" (yellow-green steatite, height 4.7 cm) consists of two figures, one feminine and the other possibly animal, united at the head, shoulders and feet. This has clearly defined anthropomorphic morphologies and attributes, the so-called monstrous figure might have a suggestion of horns.
This model falls outside the repertoire of the usual Venuses, highlighting the complexity of symbolism connected to the female figure.

Subject

Naturalistico umano

Category

Mobiliare

Raw material

Stone

Technique

Sculpture

Layer

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Chronology

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Item code

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Relative chronology
Gravettian

Gravettian culture (30-20 thousand years ago) was also characterised by a homogenous physiognomy, along the same lines as the Aurignacian. Patterns of settlement differed according to variations in the geographical areas and landscapes, naturally influencing hunting strategies, lithic productions and symbolic features (art, burials, ornamentations etc.). The homogeneity of this culture is remarkable. There were instances of regional originality, but this takes nothing away from the overall uniformity of the European Gravettian.

Gallery
Bibliography
MARTINI F., 2016, L'arte paleolitica e mesolitica in Italia, Millenni. Studi di archeologia preistorica, 12, Firenze.
MUSSI M., BOLDUC P., CINQ-MARS J., 2004, Le 15 figurine paleolitiche scoperte da Louis Alexandre Jullien ai Balzi Rossi, Origini, XXVI, pp. 7-64.

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