venus "The Lozenge"

BALZI ROSSI

This statuette (green steatite, height 6.2 cm) is so called because of the geometric morphology on which the figure is constructed. The head, oval and slightly pointed, is in contrast to the pointed opposite vertex with the feet together. The focal point is the volume of the abdomen, and beneath which the vulvar detail is highlighted by means of a deep cut.
The lozenge pattern was adopted as a structural element in most European statuettes and also in the bas-relief of Laussel.

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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