Venus figurines of Mal'ta

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The Venus figurines of Mal’ta (also: Malta) are paleolithic depictions of the female body. They consist most often of ivory. Delporte writes of all together 29 figurines.[1] They are about 20.000 years old and stem from the Gravettian.[2] Most of these statuettes show stylized clothes. Quite often the face is depicted. They were discovered at Mal'ta, at the Angara River, near Lake Baikal in Irkutsk Oblast, Siberia, Russia by the archeologists Zamiatmine, Sosnovskii and Mikhail Mikhaylovich Gerasimov.[3]

Some of these figurines are on display at the Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg.

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  • Cohen, Claudine (2003). La femme des origines. Images de la femme dans la préhistoire occidentale. Paris, Belin-Herscher.
  • Delporte, Henri (1979). L’image de la femme dans l’art préhistorique. Paris.
  • Gerasimov, Michail M. (1964). The Paleolithic site of Malta: excavations of 1956–1958. In E.N. Michael (ed.): The Archaeology and Geomorphology of Northern Asia. No. 5, S. 3–32, Arctic Institute of North America, University of Toronto (Translations from Russian Sources).

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Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ See Delporte (1979), p. 197.
  2. ^ See Cohen (2003), p. 113.
  3. ^ See. Delporte (1979), p. 193.