Venus of Dolní Věstonice (Věstonická venuše) is one of the oldest known ceramics on earth

A venus figurine. Ceramic statuette of a nude female figure found in the Czech Republic is dated to 29,000–25,000 BC. Found south of Brno, at Dolní Věstonice in the Moravian basin of Děvín Mountain.

The height is around 111 millimetres (4.4 in), and width of 43 millimetres (1.7 in)
Like many of the venus figurines. It has exceptionally large breast, belly and hips. And, a smaller head.

Did you know a feature no longer remains a part of the sculpture?
The venus has 4 tiny holes in her head. Believed to be with feathers and ornamental.

Initiated by Karel Absolon the site has been under structured archaeological research since 1924
Bear, lion, mammoth, horse, fox, rhino and owl have been found. As well as balls of tempered clay.

The story goes, it was found in a fireplace. Broken in two pieces, in July 1925
The Venus of Věstonice is now housed in the Moravian Museum in Brno, Czech Republic. Once on display. For protection. It is now sometimes behind closed doors.

The venus of Dolní Věstonice is a significant piece of ceramic and art. Relevent to the development of civilizations. It also raises questions to ancient females, the designers and those that let them sculpt it.

Bibliography: Vandiver, Pamela B.; Soffer, Olga; Klima, Bohuslav; Svoboda, Jiři (November 24, 1989). “The Origins of Ceramic Technology at Dolni Věstonice, Czechoslovakia”. Science. Vol. 246, no. 4933. pp. 1002–1008. JSTOR 1704937 (

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