The “Venus” Figurines

  title={The “Venus” Figurines},
  author={Olga Soffer and James Adovasio and David C. Hyland},
  journal={Current Anthropology},
  pages={511 - 537}
Research on Gravettian textiles and basketry informs our understanding of Upper Paleolithic ideology and yields new insights on 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… 

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  • Art
    Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society
  • 1991
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Women's Work: Images of Production and Reproduction in Pre-Hispanic Southern Central America [and Comments and Reply]

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