Skip to comments.Archaeologists discovered a unique woman figurine in Silesia
Posted on 08/31/2013 7:03:47 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
"This find is a sensation in the archaeological world, because so far only a few and small fragments of human figurines from this period have been discovered" - told PAP Jacek Pierzak from the Silesian Regional Office for the Protection of Monuments.
The object was discovered during the survey of the planned flood reservoir Dolna Odra, conducted by the Archaeological Rescue Research Team at the Centre for Prehistoric and Medieval Studies of the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology PAS in Poznań.
The figurine was dubbed "Venus of Racibórz" because it is similar to other finds of this type known from Paleolithic sites. It has clearly shown legs, wide hips, breasts, and three nodules at the top, the central of which is a schematic representation of the head, while the outer two are interpreted as hands raised in a gesture of oration. Figurine from Racibórz, however, is made of different material, than Venus - it is made of clay, while Venus was sculpted in stone. Discoverer of the "Venus of Racibórz" is Marek Anioła, archaeologist who conducts work at the site.
"Female figurines are associated with the worship of fertility and the mother goddess, they are also considered by some scientists to be evidence of the importance of women in the Neolithic period" - said the coordinator of the archaeological work Dr. Przemysław Bobrowski.
It's not only interesting archaeological discovery made during the work in the Racibórz area. The study includes 15 archaeological sites from different periods. They are part of a larger project conducted by the Consortium of the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, the University of Wroclaw and the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, at the request of the Regional Water Management Authority in Gliwice.
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Unique on the Polish scale clay figurine from the Neolithic period (fourth millennium BC) depicting a stylised woman figure has been found during the excavations in Racibórz. Photo by Piotr Szejnoga
She was quite the looker!
Yeah, cute li’l gal. Not much in the upper body department, though...
Can also be used to repair divots or as a ball marker.
Is that Bart Simpson’s hairstyle?
“The black goat with a thousand ewes!”
It looks like something from H.P. Lovecraft.
I swear it says made in china on the left figurine ....
youre implying the poles have never reached this level of sophistication
I’m no expert in these sort of thing, but if I had to guess what it was, a women figurine is pretty low on my list. I would guess it is some sort of tool used for yarn or twine for making clothing.
Looks like a badly rusted beer bottle opener.
This could literally have been anything
She has thigh gap!! The girls will be sooo jealous.
I can’t believe I’m saying this, but...
Laz — would you?
While I admit to still loving that hypnotizing twirl... I feel I must point out that it is severely off-balance. Just a twopence-bit.
I’m thinking it’s much more utilitarian, like a rope tensioner or some such thing.
She’s a real corker
A native New Yorker
A pair of big hips
Like two battleships
My son, when he was 5, could have been a Michelangelo back then, if that was art..
And Mrs. Frederickson wanted to give me an F in 7th grade art class. I made a better nakie woman sculpture than that. They put it on display for Parent Night. Mom screamed and hit me with it. Dad asked Mrs. Frederickson if she was the model for it. I had to go to a different school after that.
Well? Was Mrs. Frederickson the model?
For a battleship.
Yah. I agree. Seems we always have to think that things like this were some kind of primitive fertility goddess, or some building was a temple to some unknown god, or some other such rot. I like the rope tensioner... I think if we could go back and watch we'd be blown away by some of the technological prowess off our ancestors. That... And some of those buildings were somewhat more pedestrian than always being temples. To wit: Stonehenge. Actually... A tavern. Pyramids. Built with cranes and levers. Atlantis. Almost certainly a real place. Not like the movies, but real.
That's exactly what I thought of. A bottle opener. There's just something wrong with these archaeologists that seem to see female figures in every abstract form they find.
They see women in this.
Can you say "Rorschach test"?
I think that their determination of what those figures is tells us more about THEM, than it does about what the figures are .
Women? I'd consider that a stretch.....
That’s what I thought.
They need to think a little bit more out of the box.
I guess that’s what *higher education* does to you.
Only a tenured professor could make up stuff like that. /facepalm
Translation: We weren't there, so we don't really know what this thing is or what it was used for. Nonetheless, Dr. Przemyslaw Bobrowski gets an A for having correctly spelled his name.
While I have no special knowledge in this discipline, I have to say that the archaeologist who decided that this represents the female form is just crazy. It looks to me like some sort of tool.
A stone age version of this.
But the Playschool people have heads. This thing does not even resemble a human in any way, IMO.
Your photo reminds me of a memory from when my children were growing up. I had 4 boys who were very close in age and played together a lot. When #1 and #2 were about ages 4 and 2 respectively, they played rather frequently with a Playschool vehicle that had some figures.
One day, I heard Son #2 complaining to his older brother about always getting stuck with the girl figure. This girl had yellow plastic hair in pig tails and adorned with bows. Some days later, while cleaning up, I found said girl, who had been, I must assume, miraculously turned into a male figure. Her pig tails had clearly been bitten off, making her one of the guys and, therefore, acceptable for role playing.
my daughter received a Barbie at age three. she had not seen anything like it (we were a homeschooling family , no tv and monitored the outside influences.) She looked at it and turned it round and round and finally put its feet in her ears, she thought it was a version of my stethoscope (she had asthma).
(I hate Barbie — and all other toys intended to turn girls away from wanting to be mothers.)
(I hate Barbie and all other toys intended to turn girls away from wanting to be mothers.)
me too. Well that daughter is getting married and I expect she will be a mom someday.
Well, best wishes for all for a wonderful wedding and a blessed marriage.
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