October 27, 2015

1990 AUSTRIA (Lower Austria) - The life size reproduction of Venus von Willendorf

The Venus of Willendorf, now known in academia as the Woman of Willendorf, is a 11.1cm high statuette of a female figure estimated to have been made between about 28,000 and 25,000 BCE (in Old Stone Age). It was found in 1908 during excavations conducted by archaeologists Josef Szombathy, Hugo Obermaier and Josef Bayer at a paleolithic site near Willendorf, a hamlet which now is part of Aggsbach, near the town of Krems.

It is carved from an oolitic limestone that is not local to the area, and tinted with red ochre. Very little is known about its origin, method of creation, or cultural significance. Parts of the body associated with fertility and childbearing have been emphasized, leading researchers to believe Venus of Willendorf may have been used as a fertility goddess.The figurine is now in the Naturhistorisches Museum in Vienna, while a life size reproduction is located in a field in Willendorf.

About the stamps
The first stamp, Modern Architecture in Austria - Haas House, designed by Silvia Moucka and illustrated by Julius Silver, was issued in September 19, 2015.

The second, depicting Vienna Ferris Wheel, is part of the series Impressions from Austria, designed by Eva Tiess and issued on March 1, 2015.
• Bergkirche (Eisenstadt) (0.10 EUR)
• Bergisel Schanze Innsbruck (1.70 EUR)
• Burg Forchtenstein (4.00 EUR)
• Goldenes Dachl Innsbruck (0.80 EUR)
• Gross Glockner Hohe Tauern (1.60 EUR)

Venus von Willendorf - Wikipedia

Sender: Anna / radiofan (postcrossing) AT-245178
Sent from Linz (Upper Austria / Austria), on 22.10.2015

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