venus "The Hermaphrodite"

BALZI ROSSI

“Hermaphrodite” (green steatite, 5.1 cm height) is the name given by Edouard Piette to a figure of uncertain interpretation: it lacks the head, with unshapely breasts, the belly is large but not protruding, under which Piette saw a male genitalia. This interpretation is rejected by other scholars. The setting of this statue differs from the others for its slimmer profile and for the strictly female anatomical parts not emphasized.

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
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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