Vénus impudique

The Vénus impudique ("Immodest Venus", also known as Venus Impudica and Vénus de Vibraye) is the first Paleolithic sculptural representation of a woman discovered in modern times. It was found by Paul Hurault, 8th Marquis de Vibraye in about 1864 at the famous archaeological site of Laugerie-Basse in the Vézère valley (one of the many important Stone Age sites in and around the commune of Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil in Dordogne, southwestern France). The Magdalenian "Venus" from Laugerie-Basse is headless, footless, armless but with a strongly incised vaginal opening. De Vibraye named it La Vénus impudique or Venus Impudica ("immodest Venus"), contrasting it to the Venus Pudica, a class of Roman sculptures depicting the goddess Venus covering her naked pubis with her right hand, and her breasts with the other. It is from this name that we get the term "Venus figurines" commonly used for Stone Age sculptures of this kind.[1]

Vénus impudique, 1907 drawing

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  1. ^ Randall White (December 2008). "The Women of Brassempouy: A Century of Research and Interpretation" (PDF). Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory. 13 (4): 250–303. doi:10.1007/s10816-006-9023-z.