Seller: lithea (733) 100%, Location: Brno, Moravia, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 191913029133 A resin cast copy of famous Venus of Moravany, Slovakia, central Europe. Some info from the internet: Venus of Moravany is a small prehistoric female figurine discovered in Slovakia early in the 20th century. Discovery It was ploughed up sometime before 1930 by peasant farmer Štefan Hulman–Petrech in Podkovica near the village of Moravany nad Váhom in Slovakia. It is made of mammoth tusk ivory and is dated to 22,800 BP, which places it in upper Paleolithic times. Display The copy of this Venus currently resides in the Bratislava Castle exposition of the Slovak National Museum. Introduction The prehistoric ivory carving, known as the Venus of Moravany, is one of many Venus Figurines produced during the Aurignacian or Gravettian cultures of the upper Palaeolithic (33,000-15,000 BCE). These extraordinary statuettes - the first European-wide type of prehistoric sculpture - were carved in a wide variety of materials, including soft stone, bone, ivory, wood, or ceramic clay, and typically depicted an obese (or pregnant) woman. Believed to be some kind of fertility symbol, examples of this type of prehistoric art have been discovered at archeological sites from France to Siberia. Note: Upper Paleolithic Venus statuettes should not be confused with the two famous humanoid effigies from the Lower Paleolithic, known as The Venus of Tan-Tan and The Venus of Berekhat Ram (both dating to 200,000-500,000 BCE). Discovery and Characteristics The Venus of Moravany was discovered in Slovakia during the early part of the 20th century. It was reportedly unearthed about 1938 by Stefan Hulman–Petrech, a farmer in Podkovica near the village of Moravany nad Vahom, in the Piestany district of the Trnava Region of western Slovakia. It was then sent for examination to the world-famous scientist Abbe Breuil, in Paris. In due course the Venus was judged to be a Paleolithic statue, although it wasn't until 1967 that it was returned to Slovakia. The figurine is just over 7 centimetres in height and is carved out of mammoth tusk ivory. It is carbon dated to about 24,000-22,000 BCE, which places it in the Willendorf-Kostenkian or Upper Gravettian period of Stone Age art. Of course, this tiny carving may not look like a sophisticated item of ancient plastic art, but all anthropologists agree that the carving of a human figure represents an important stage in the evolution of ancient art and therefore a significant step forward in the cultural development of mankind. Several copies have been made of the Venus of Moravany, which are periodically put on public display at the Vienna Natural History Museum, the Bratislava Castle Museum, and the Slovak Academy of Sciences in Nitra. The original is believed to be housed in the National Bank of the Slovak Republic. I will send worldwide, 30 days money back gurantee.