Prehistoric pin-up

A carved female figurine dating to at least 35,000 years ago has been recovered from caves in the Hohle Fels region of Germany. The figure represents the oldest figurative art yet discovered. In this film the authors describe the importance of their find.

In looking at it, it is clear that what men find important about women hasn’t really changed in millennia . Huge breasts, no head….

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  1. May 20, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    This is very interesting. I wouldn’t interpret it the way you have, though! 🙂 Notice that it’s a pendant without a head – the head could conceivably have been the head of the person wearing the pendant. Also, perhaps a woman carved this! Who knows, this could very well be a celebration of women.

    • mudhooks said,

      May 20, 2009 at 3:48 pm

      Well, that was more a joke. I knew it was a pendant. She is rather “avoir du poids” which is very unlike the “Barbie doll” stereotype.

      Interestingly, all of the prehistoric female figure of this sort are basically the same shape.

  2. May 20, 2009 at 8:15 am

    Hm…Image won’t load for me! 😦

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