This is the Venus of Hohle Fels. It’s a sculpture from the Aurignacian culture. This particular Venus dates back to almost 40,000 years ago. The figurines were called Venuses because they “emphasize the hips and other body parts associated with fertility. Feet and arms are lacking or minimized.”
This is AMAZING to me! I mean, this was pre-history. Pre-writing. This culture is the first to be discovered so far that had tools, weapons, burials, music, and art - all together.
Forty thousand years old.
Forty. Thousand. Years.
It’s impossible to look at it and not marvel at how far we’ve come in all that time.