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Venus figurines carbon dating

For an example of Paleolithic Russian cave painting, please see the: Kapova Cave Paintings (12,500 BCE) in the Shulgan-Tash Preserve.

Its dominant feature, aside from the breasts, is a fat middle (hips and torso), but it has delicate features including fingers and bracelets on the hands. 9 Found in Old Avdeevo, this ivory figurine has Willendorf-style breasts, an obese middle and obese thighs.

It is 9 centimetres tall and up to 3 centimetres wide. It has a head with an unfinished type of coiffure or face, narrow shoulders and wide hips.

- Venus of Monpazier (limonite) (25,000 BCE) France.

The excessively elongated torso, topped with a rounded head, has narrow drooping shoulders, indistinct arms, sagging, pendulous breasts, a wide pelvis and flat abdomen, leading to the pubic triangle. It portrays a mature, pregnant woman with a slim torso and legs but huge breasts, severely protruding belly and extremely obese buttocks.

Although they belong to the wider European tradition of venus figurines, the Avdeevo sculptures depict mature women in different phases of the reproductive cycle, who (overall) are somewhat less obese and less well defined than such archetypal figures as the Venus of Willendorf (25,000 BCE), or the Venus of Moravany (24,000 BCE). Indeed, the central-Russian tradition - as illustrated by the Kostenky-Avdeevo-Gagarino sites - appears to have two venus paradigms: one fat, and one thin - with the Avdeevo figurines inclining to the latter.

A more significant difference, perhaps, between the Russian and non-Russian venuses, is that the genitalia of the former are less exaggerated.

The Stone Age art found at Avdeevo consists almost entirely of mobiliary art, notably venus figurines and ivory carvings of woolly mammoths.