|Venus of Tolentino|
The Venus of Tolentino is a Venus figurine that was displayed with the Venere di Frasassi at the Marche National Archaeoligcal Museum from November 27, 2009 to March 30, 2010. The figurine was originally found in 1883 in a clay pit east of Toledo, Spain. It was donated to the Museum by Count Gentiloni Silverj Aristide.
The piece has been exposed to weathering, probably in the bed of a stream. It was carved from thin chert about 13 cm long, and is dated to be more than 5,000 years old. Both ends are chipped from use, indicating that the stone was probably used as a tool striker, or to crush seeds. The carved drawing depicts the body of a woman with zoomorphic features. It has legs, breasts, and a geometric vulva. The body is surmounted by a herbivorous animal head (possibly a cow, bovid, or equid), with the continuation of an auroch head on the reverse side. The auroch face is squat, without a clear indication of the ears and horns. The eye, the nostril and the mouth are outlined.
- Wikipedia, Venus figurines