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Prehistoric Oriental 'Venus' Carved On Cliff Discovered In Ningxia
Peoples Daily ^ | 12-23-2003

Posted on 12/23/2003 2:43:09 PM PST by blam

Prehistoric oriental 'Venus' carved on cliff discovered in Ningxia

A figure of a pregnant woman carved into a cliff, known as a prehistoric oriental "Venus", the Goddess of love, has been discovered by Chinese archaeologists in Zhongwei county, northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.

The "Venus" has a plump figure, full breasts and a bulbous belly. The woman, standing straight with her legs together, has slender fingers but no facial features.

The image was a typical reproduction of figures of naked women carved on stone by ancients in the late Paleolithic period, said Zhou Xinhua, curator of the museum of the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.

Such stone or cliff carvings are valuable for studying the development process of primitive society, plastic arts and ideology, Zhang said.

A stone-carved figure of a naked woman, dating back to the late Paleolithic period, was first discovered in Europe and similar carvings have also been unearthed in Austria.

But this was the first time that a prehistoric figure of a woman carved on cliff has ever been found in China, Zhang said.

Archaeologists said that Beishan Mountain in Zhongwei County, where the image was found, has some 3,000 groups of cliff carvings and over 10,000 carvings of individual figures.

Near the Zhongwei county seat, Damaidi area, part of the Beishan Mountain area, is crowded with 1,509 group cliff carvings and over6,000 individual figures carved into a cliff.

These cliff carvings contain images of the sun, the moon, rivers, mountain stones and also images of sheep, horses, oxen, deer, tigers, swords and axes. They also have images of men and women, hunters and warriors. Some of the cliff carvings reflect wars, daily life and recreational activities.

A 12-square meter rock is carved with more than 200 images of human beings, animals, hunting activities and various symbols.

The density of figures carved on this rock was rarely seen elsewhere, experts said.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: china; cliff; discovered; godsgravesglyphs; ningxia; oriental; prehistoric; venus
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1 posted on 12/23/2003 2:43:11 PM PST by blam
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To: farmfriend
Ping.
2 posted on 12/23/2003 2:43:54 PM PST by blam
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To: blam
An ancient graffiti rock. Cool!
3 posted on 12/23/2003 2:46:08 PM PST by ValerieUSA
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To: blam

Example of 'Venus' figurines (Not from article)

4 posted on 12/23/2003 2:47:57 PM PST by blam
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To: blam
Lots more attractive than these stick-figure newsbabes. Needed to be said.
5 posted on 12/23/2003 2:52:07 PM PST by RightWhale (Close your tag lines)
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To: blam
Yes, an ancient primitive stone carving of a pregnant woman must necessarily be a prehistoric oriental "Venus", the Goddess of love.

It can't possibly be an attempted caricatured depiction of, like, a pregnant woman or anything.

Similarly, if they find stone carvings of elephants, this is evidence of ancient, Chinese, Republicans.

6 posted on 12/23/2003 2:52:34 PM PST by Dr. Frank fan
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To: RightWhale
Just what ARE you pouring into your eggnog?
7 posted on 12/23/2003 2:53:28 PM PST by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote life support for others.)
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To: blam
Ancient BBW's
8 posted on 12/23/2003 2:53:53 PM PST by StatesEnemy
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To: blam
Venus, L.A. style.
9 posted on 12/23/2003 2:55:13 PM PST by BenLurkin (Socialism is Slavery)
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To: MHGinTN
Okay, so I have my paleolithic side. Meetings of PA--Paleolithics Anonymous--are not like these other 12-step thingys where they try to get you to stop something. Oh, no, we encourage each other. Back to our roots.
10 posted on 12/23/2003 2:56:56 PM PST by RightWhale (Close your tag lines)
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To: blam
Elaine Morgan says all people used to be fat to insulate back when humans were aquatic. Could be skinny has only been desirable for the last 10,000 years or so.
11 posted on 12/23/2003 3:02:03 PM PST by greenwolf
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To: RightWhale
Funny! Merry Christmas RW.
12 posted on 12/23/2003 3:02:07 PM PST by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote life support for others.)
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To: Dr. Frank
Similarly, if they find stone carvings of elephants, this is evidence of ancient, Chinese, Republicans.

**choke** THAT IS TOO FUNNY FOR WORDS

13 posted on 12/23/2003 3:04:14 PM PST by catpuppy
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To: Dr. Frank
It's the old "prove me wrong" thing.

These dudes conclusions are similar to ink blots...it depends what you're thinking at the time.

14 posted on 12/23/2003 3:15:54 PM PST by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: greenwolf
"Elaine Morgan says all people used to be fat to insulate back when humans were aquatic. Could be skinny has only been desirable for the last 10,000 years or so."

Yup. I've read some things along that line too. Women have more fat on their bodies because they spend more time in the water with the childern.
The enduring tradition of long hair for women comes from that period because the 'kids' held onto it while in the water.

15 posted on 12/23/2003 3:44:12 PM PST by blam
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"Example of 'Venus' figurines (Not from article)"

Don't exactly make you feel like making whoopie, do they?


16 posted on 12/23/2003 3:53:08 PM PST by duckman
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Don't exactly make you feel like making whoopie, do they?

When women are THAT pregnant, they'd rather be shot, anyhow. The figurines carrying the babies in arms might be more interested :-).

17 posted on 12/23/2003 4:00:34 PM PST by Tax-chick (Some people say that Life is the thing, but I prefer reading.)
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To: Dr. Frank
LAMO
18 posted on 12/23/2003 5:21:24 PM PST by Henchman (I Hench, therefore I am!)
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To: BenLurkin
That's terrific! LOL
19 posted on 12/23/2003 6:53:16 PM PST by gcruse (http://gcruse.typepad.com/)
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To: Dr. Frank
Venus just refers to a particular type of statue (pregnant females), mostly found in Europe, which are among the earliest known sculptures. They don't literally mean statues of the Roman goddess.
20 posted on 12/26/2003 12:07:27 AM PST by gd124
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