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Stunning 23,000 year old Venus with derriere like Kim Kardashian's unearthed in Russia

By The Siberian Times reporter
17 April 2017

The Paleolithic beauty carved in woolly mammoth tusk has similarities to those uncovered in Siberia, but was found thousands of kilometres away.

The figurine with slightly bended legs recalls Danae, as painted by the New Age artists. Picture: Institute of Archeology and Ethnography

The 5 centimetre tall prehistoric naked figurine has seen archeologists turn poetic in their descriptions.

Dr Konstantin Gavrilov, who led the expedition that found it, compared it to Rembrandt's fullsome image of Danae from Greek mythology.

'This statuette pictures a rather portly woman, but it looks fantastically delicate, probably due to the long and thin legs,' enthused the scientist. 'The figurine with slightly bended legs recalls Danae, as painted by the New Age artists.'

Others likened the striking rear view of the Venus to a more modern icon - Kim Kardashian. 

It appeared to depict a 'cult of fertility', said Dr Gavrilov, but then added this was not possible since it predated the existence of agriculture. 

The exceptionally rare 'Venus' is made from 'a mammoth tusk and it portrays a fat, maybe pregnant woman, with a big belly and bust. Part of the bust and belly has peeled off along a natural crack in the tusk. The figurine was found near large limestone layers and parts of mammoth bones that were painted with a mineral sienna paint. 

'Most likely, the statuette was put next to the bones on the ground rather than 'buried' like other 'Venuses'.'

Stunning 23,000 year old Venus with derriere like Kim Kardashian's unearthed in Russia 


Stunning 23,000 year old Venus with derriere like Kim Kardashian's unearthed in Russia 


Stunning 23,000 year old Venus with derriere like Kim Kardashian's unearthed in Russia 


Stunning 23,000 year old Venus with derriere like Kim Kardashian's unearthed in Russia 
The exceptionally rare Venus is made from 'a mammoth tusk and it portrays a fat, maybe pregnant woman, with a big belly and bust. Pictures: Institute of Archeology and Ethnography


Such prehistoric statuettes are 'ceremonial' and 'ritual' objects, Dr Gavrilov said. 

Similar examples have been found in Siberia, notably close to the Angara River near Lake Baikal, but the most recent analysis suggested these were - in fact - clothed, contrary to earlier examinations, and evidently unlike the new find from the Khotylyovo-2 site in Bryansk region. 

Archeologists have been exploring the site since 1993.

Radiocarbon analysis suggests tribes of hunters and gatherers lived there 21,000 to 24,000 years ago. 

Scientists have found numerous bones of mammoths, bison, also many flint stones.

Stunning 23,000 year old Venus with derriere like Kim Kardashian's unearthed in Russia Stunning 23,000 year old Venus with derriere like Kim Kardashian's unearthed in Russia 


Stunning 23,000 year old Venus with derriere like Kim Kardashian's unearthed in Russia 
The site where the figurine was found and Dr Gavrilov, the deputy head of Stone Age Archeology department of Archeology Institute, Moscow. Pictures: Institute of Archeology and Ethnography


'This statuette (dates) to the middle age period of the Upper Paleolithic time, and the cultural lay it belongs to has radiocarbon date of 23,000 years ago.'

Dr Gavrilov is deputy head of Stone Age Archeology department of Archeology Institute, Moscow.

As The Siberian Times has shown, not all Venuses (pictured below) are quite what they seem - http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/features/f0213-world-famous-ancient-siberian-venus-figurines-are-not-venuses-after-all/ 

Stunning 23,000 year old Venus with derriere like Kim Kardashian's unearthed in Russia 


Stunning 23,000 year old Venus with derriere like Kim Kardashian's unearthed in Russia 

Stunning 23,000 year old Venus with derriere like Kim Kardashian's unearthed in Russia 

Comments (6)

Bonjour

Découverte très intéressante. Avez-vous les dimensions précise de la vénus. Merci
Pascal, FRANCE
01/05/2017 20:23
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Thank you for publishing this very important finding. Such venus figures are extremely rare and scientifically valuable.



In particular, the fact that it is so similar to the Venus figures from Kostienki and Avdeevo is of great interest.
Don, Australia
30/04/2017 14:42
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By bringing in the Kardashians you have lowered the value of the article. Stop bringing up eye candy.
Ed Gould, Chicago USA
20/04/2017 11:22
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It is always ritual, ceremony or religion. Dr. Gavrilov, do you have kids? Ever had to amuse an infant while making dinner? I bet those babies also had teething issues like today's kids. Scientists always make it more complicated than it needs to be. Dolls, Doctor. Dolls. Toys. Amusements. Babies must be entertained or they will prevent any real work getting done. Dolls.
Lisa, USA
19/04/2017 06:18
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Well now, what if it has nothing to do with fertility, but rather all of the venus figurines are just prehistoric porn, used as stimuli for masturbation in cold lonely nights of paleolithic hunters?
Kokoš, Serbia
18/04/2017 23:54
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Fertility doesn't simply refer to agriculture, but can refer to human fertility as well which in this case the object very well may.
JCM, Canada
18/04/2017 19:50
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