Like other similar sculptures, it probably never had feet, and would not have stood on its own, although it might have been pegged into soft ground.Parts of the body associated with fertility and childbearing have been emphasized, leading researchers to believe that the Venus of Willendorf may have been used as a fertility fetish.The ancient origins of a technique used by several famous Romantic-era painters have been found among a bumper haul of ancient engravings.A treasure trove of 16 engraved limestone blocks crafted 38,000 years ago confirms the ancient origins of 'pointillist techniques'.
Major discoveries by the group - which include carved images of mammoths and horses - confirm that a form of pointillism was used by the Aurignacian, the earliest modern human culture in Europe.
This limestone slab reveals one of the pointillist-style paintings, which uses small dots to create a larger image, uncovered by the team Pointillism is a painting technique in which small dots are used to create the illusion of a larger image. However, archaeologists have now found evidence of this technique thousands of years earlier.
An archaeological dig in France's Vézère Valley found engravings that used the technique dating back more than 35,000 years.
More recent estimates push the date back slightly to between about 28,000 and 25,000 BCE.
Similar sculptures, first discovered in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, are traditionally referred to in archaeology as "Venus figurines", due to the widely-held belief that depictions of nude women with exaggerated sexual features represented an early fertility fetish, perhaps a mother goddess.