venus "The Goitre Lady"


“The Lady with the Goitre” (horn, height 4.5 cm) is the name given by Piette to a figure with a small protrusion at the base of the neck (probably functioning as a pendant). This statue also seems to come from the Barma Grande. The form is almost like a violin, with a subovalar head directly inserted into the chest from which protrudes two oblong breasts. The belly is slightly protruding and the pubic area is very apparent, including the vulvar opening; the buttocks are oblique and underscore that they are twice the volume of the body.


Naturalistico umano



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Relative chronology

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.

GRAZIOSI P., 1973b, L’arte preistorica in Italia, Sansoni, Firenze.
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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