At only 11cm tall, the original 30,000 year old little figure of Venus was found in 1908 in Willendorf—a small village on the north bank of the Danube between Spitz and Aggsbach Markt—during the construction of the Wachau railway. She is believed to be a fertility idol meant to increase the fertility of the landscape. Similar female figurines were found all over Europe up to Siberia, but compared to others, Venus of Willendorf is unique in its degree of details and is the best preserved of all Venus figurines found to date.
It is a remarkable story that a stone age finding from a village with less than 200 inhabitants has become an icon for many causes worldwide, including equal rights for women and the LGBT movement. Even the café in Vienna’s oldest LGBT-rights centre is called “Willendorf.”
Our Venus has been hand-carved from limestone and although not an exact replica of the original, she still offers a powerful celebration of womanhood.