Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Venus of Willendorf (23,000 BCE)

Christopher L.C.E. Witcombe writes that

"Even if she had feet, though, it seems unlikely that she was meant to stand up. [..] In fact, her most satisfactory, and most satisfying, position is being held in the palm of the hand. When seen under these conditions, she is utterly transformed as a piece of sculpture. As fingers are imagined gripping her rounded adipose masses, she becomes a remarkably sensuous object, her flesh seemingly soft and yielding to the touch."

It's a palaeolithic wank object!

We learn more from this edited quote from wikipedia:

Venus of Willendorf is an 11.1 cm (4 3/8 inches) high statuette of a female figure, discovered at a paleolithic site near Willendorf, Austria, in 1908. It is carved from limestone and tinted with red ochre.

It is estimated to have been carved 22,000 to 24,000 years ago. Very little is known about its origin, method of creation, or cultural significance.

The Venus is not a realistic portrait but rather an idealization of the female figure. Her vulva, breasts, and swollen belly are very pronounced, suggesting a strong connection to fertility. Her tiny arms are folded over her breasts, and she has no visible face, her head being covered with what might be coils of braids, eyes, or a kind of headdress.

The statue's feet don't allow it to stand on its own. Due to this it has been speculated that it was meant to be held, rather than simply looked at. Rather than an icon of a Mother Goddess some archaeologists have called it merely a good-luck charm. Others have raised the possibility that it was designed to be inserted vaginally, perhaps as a fertility charm, to become pregnant. Yet others have suggested that the object could have been a male masturbatory aid. The purpose of the carving is subject to much speculation.

I love the idea of an prehistoric masturbatory aid. To help scholars further investigate this hypothesis I have compiled a small selection of modern day masturbatory aid photographs featuring women with "tiny arms are folded" over very large breasts (photos courtesy of bignaturals.com).

Homework assignment: (anonymously) post links to further examples of the Venus of Willendorf in contemporary pornography in the comments!

1 comment:

YNF said...

I Prefer a Venus de Willendorf's Girl that a Silicon-Plastic-Unreal Girl.