The “Venus” Figurines: Textiles, Basketry, Gender, and Status in the Upper Paleolithic

  title={The “Venus” Figurines: Textiles, Basketry, Gender, and Status in the Upper Paleolithic},
  author={Olga Soffer and James Adovasio and David C. Hyland},
  journal={Current Anthropology},
Research on Gravettian textiles and basketry informs our understanding of Upper Paleolithic ideology and yields new insights or one component of Stone Age material culture-the Venus figurines. Detailed studies of a series of figurines indicate the presence of at least three types of dressed female depictions. These include several types of headgear, various body bandeaux, and at least one type of skirt. Using data from Europe, we argue that the garments portrayed were made of plant fibers and… Expand
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The Venus figurines.
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