Female Soft Limestone Figurine
Kostenki type, Russia
Around 25 000 years ago
Numerous female figurines or "Venuses" have been found in the Gravettian dwellings of Kostenki on the Russian Plain. One of them, made of limestone, is represented in a unique way; the body is bare, the hands are placed on the belly, she wears a bra made of scalloped ties.
Its head is found separate from the body.
25,000 years ago, this Venus is part of an original fragmentation or decapitation ritual, which also affect other human and animal figurines discovered in several pits of the Kostenki sites.