Black Venus of Dolni Vestonice

Illustration

Jessica Liew
by Don Hitchcock
published on 07 July 2017

One of the oldest known examples of ceramic in the world, the Black Venus was found at the pre-historic site of Dolni Vestonice in Moravia, Czech Republic in 1925 CE. The figure is thought to have been sculpted between 29,000 and 25,000 years ago. Its faceless, voluptuous figure is typical of the Venus figurines of Ice Age Europe, but the material used to make it is rare. It gets its unique black colour from the combination of ground bone and clay used to make it. This material produced a self-glazing, black finish in the kiln and can be seen on many of the other ceramic pieces found at the same site. The original figurine is rarely on public display, but it is part of the collection of the Moravian Museum's Anthropos Pavilion in Brno, Czech Republic.

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