Venus von Willendorf

Venus von Willendorf

One of the main attractions at the Naturhistorisches Museum, and a favorite among those of us who have studied feminist theology and spirituality, is the very ancient “Venus” discovered in 1908 in the area now known as the “Wachau,” an area near Vienna on the Danube river. She is from the Upper Paleolithic period, about 25,000 years old, and is made from limestone. Scholars believe she was originally covered in red ochre paint, and her head is covered in braids or crowns. Some believe she is one of the most ancient goddess figures ever discovered, and she certainly must have been a fertility figure! She is very small – these photos will give you a sense of the scale:
Pam & Venus
Pam looking at Venus

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Christiane Brooks Johnson Professor of Psychology and Religion, Union Theological Seminary, New York NY
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