We haven’t done this for a while!
Francesca last promised you a Sculpture Series, so here we go.
We will start with the oldest known carving of a human figure in Europe (possibly in the world), the Venus of Hohle Fels, which was discovered in a German cave just a year ago and is thought to be 35-40 thousand years old, about 15 thousand years older than the Venus of Willendorf.
The article about this archeological discovery was sent to Francesca by our internet friend JJ, who wrote:
This is the oldest known carved human figure in Europe and it’s a fattie without a head, so that’s not a phenomenon of modern media.
(The little nub in place of a head is a ring, which leads scientists to believe the artifact was hung like a pendant.)
Francesca will leave it to others to parse out the meaning of the headlessness, the oversized genitalia, etc. Francesca simply marvels at the idea that, here, femininity is represented by exaggerated fatness.