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dc.contributor.authorJennett, Karen Dianeen_US
dc.date.accessioned2008-07-10T16:44:07Z
dc.date.available2012-02-24T10:10:01Z
dc.date.issued2008-05-01en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://digital.library.txstate.edu/handle/10877/3202
dc.descriptionPresented to the Honors Committee of Texas State University-San Marcos In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements For Graduation in the University Honors Program, May 2008.en_US
dc.description.abstractThose depictions of the human female figure found in association with Upper Paleolithic cultures commonly called “Venus figurines” are an extremely varied class of artifacts. Hundreds of these figurines have been found across the Eurasian continent from France to Siberia and have been dated to around 25,000 B.C.E. Generally the Venus figurines are thought to be small, stone sculptures of nude women with pronounced sexual characteristics who are either voluptuous or pregnant with no face, arms, or legs. Although some of the figurines can be stereotyped this way, there are numerous overlooked examples with drastically different features. The overwhelming variety and diversity among the figurines themselves is reflected in the theories that have developed about them. Since the late nineteenth century, the meaning and purpose of these Venus figurines have been interpreted over and over again. Some of the theories directly reflect the biased thoughts of their time, some are religious and symbolic, and still others have a narrowed scientific focus and rely upon detailed technological analysis. The variety of both the figurines themselves and their interpretations has been overlooked as an important part of understanding these very old and widespread carvings of women.en_US
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dc.format.extent84 pages
dc.format.medium1 file (.pdf)
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.subjectFemaleen_US
dc.subjectFigurinesen_US
dc.subjectVenus figurinesen_US
dc.subjectUpper Paleolithicen_US
dc.subjectGravettianen_US
dc.subjectHuman representationsen_US
dc.titleFemale Figurines of the Upper Paleolithicen_US
txstate.documenttypeThesis
thesis.degree.departmentHonors College
thesis.degree.disciplineAnthropology
thesis.degree.grantorTexas State University
txstate.departmentHonors College


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