Essay heading: "Venus" of Willendorf

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This is further strengthened by the facelessness of the figurine giving it an air of mystery and anonymity, which suggests that it may have been of more importance as an object rather than as a person. In addition, the figurine's hair is braided in seven concentric circles, seven in later times being regarded as a magic number used to bring about good luck...
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A third possible significance put forth is that of the figurine serving as a mother goddess (earth mother or female deity). This comes from a suggestion that the statue was a woman whose special ness was indicated in her obesity since women in a hunter-gatherer society would probably not have had the opportunity to get as obese...
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