Venus of Tolentino

Venus of Tolentino

The Venus of Tolentino is a Venus Figurine which for a time was displayed with the Venere di Frasassi at the Marche National Archaeoligcal Museum, from November 27, 2009 to March 30, 2010. This is a figure carved with a chisel on thin Chert and is about 13 cm high. It is dated between 5000 and 12000 years ago.

The stone on which it is carved was probably used as a tool striker, or to crush seeds as both ends are chipped from use.


The drawing depicts a woman with zoomorphic features. It has legs, breasts, and a geometric vulva, but the body is surmounted by a cow's head (or a herbivorous animal, bovid or equid).


It was found in a clay pit east of Toledo, in 1883, and then donated to the Museum by Count Gentiloni Silverj Aristide, who immediately realised what an extraordinary exhibit of his hand.

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