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VENUS of Grimaldi

Aktualisiert: 16. Aug. 2023

24.000-19.000BCE,Grimaldi Cave, Italy

Venusfigurines of Grimaldi

  • The Venus figurines from Grimaldi are thirteen stone-age representations of the female body

  • age: ca. 24.000 bis 19.000 BCE (Gravettien age)

  • size: between 2,4 and 7,5 cm

  • material: soapstone

  • place of discovery: Balzi-Rossi („Red Cliffs“) caves in Liguria, Italy

  • excavations: between 1883 and 1895

Collective term

As with the Venus figurines from Kostenki, this is a group designation because several (13) figurines were found at the site.

Balzi Rossi caves

The complex is composed of numerous coves and shelters,among others, the Grotta Grimaldi.

In the late 19th century, several stone age finds of extreme age had been made in the caves and rock shelters around the Balzi Rossi, including several Venus figurines. Around the turn of the 20th century, Albert I, Prince of Monaco, financed the archaeological exploration of the seven most important caves. These were named "Caves of Grimaldi" in honour of the House of Grimaldi.


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