Thursday, August 28, 2008

Venus Envy

Is it just me.....

Or does this pair of Belgian Art Deco sconces, found on Ebay...

remind you a lot of this?

The little lady shown above is the celebrated and ancient Venus of Willendorf, who was named after the Austrian town where she was found. SimilarPaleolithic female figurines have been found in many parts of the world, and archeologists and anthropologists are certain that the ladies mean something, but no on can quite agree on what. The ladies are generally referred to as goddess figures or fertility symbols. More HERE.

And even more amusing, the town of Willendorf, Austria, where the first woman was found, celebrated the centennial anniversary of the discovery of the goddess figure with Venus Day at the beginning of August; the celebration includes pancakes and 'Venus jam', and chocolate in the shape of the Venus. Genius! Just in case you have regrets for missing the Austrian revel last month, there is also a chocolatier in upstate NY who offers Venus of Willendorf chocolate, available HERE.

And for what it's worth, I think that the art glass sconces are supposed to be a stylized vase holding a bouquet of flowers. That's just a guess....

2 comments:

Hooked on Houses said...

Oh, that's too funny. That's EXACTLY what they look like. Ha. -Julia

P.S. Thanks for adding Hooked on Houses to your blogroll. I got a little "ping!" and came over to see your site. I've enjoyed looking around! :-)

Great Dame said...

Hi Julia, thanks for stopping in!