venus "The Nun"

BALZI ROSSI

The “Nun” (probably green clorite, height 4.4 cm) is so-called for a type of relief, or mantle, which wraps around the body mass. More than just a small sculpture it seems as though a deep incision on a flattened cobblestone has created an elliptical space where two barely imperceptible breasts, flat belly, and the suggestions of two legs are inserted. The head is an ancillary space. This item also has a hole above the breasts. On the opposite face some subtly contoured surfaces may suggest a 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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