Characteristics Of Venus Of Laussel

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Venus of Laussel

Figures of ideal women and men have been used to draw attention to the product by appealing to the opposite sex in the 21st century. Back when capitalism wasn’t as strong, nude female figures weren’t wielded as mere marketing toys. Paleolithic age cavemen shaped numerous nude women figures with exaggerated body parts, or as we now know, ‘Venuses’. Venus of Laussel portrays the characteristics of these symbolic artworks. Venus of Laussel is a nude female figured artwork found in Maraquay, France. The Venus is decorated with color pigments possibly made from red ochre. (Visual-arts) The figure has pendulous breasts along with distorted hips and buttocks. Despite the amplified female body parts and unlike its precursors, the facial features weren’t margined boldly. This emphasis shows that the Venus wasn’t personified and was more like a symbol for the Paleolithic people. Venus of Laussel signified fertility; fertility meant more manpower in hunting and farming, thus more food. The artwork has clearly visible hands and fingers with the left hand on her belly and the right one holding up a bison horn. When looked closely, there are thirteen engravings on the bison horn. Number thirteen might mean the thirteen days of the waxing moon which was believed to bring good luck and a rich hunting season.(JustCode) The body form of the Venus is pretty unrealistic compared to the ideal hunter-gatherer society the era had, so the first traces of idealism can be

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