Venus Impudique

The Immodest Venus

The Venus Impudique or Immodest Venus is a Venus figurine discovered in 1864 by the Marquis Paul de Vibraye at Laugerie Basse and was the first Venus figure found in France. It is made of Ivory and is 8cm in height. When seen in profile, this statuette is very comparable with Magdalenin drawings, known Cave Drawings in Périgord, in the Lot, the area Aveyron and in Germany at Gönnersdorf.It is housed in the Musée de l'homme.


The figurine has lost its head and has a flat stomach flat with no develpoped breasts, and could be of a young girl.

Reason Behind Name[]

The Marquis playfully reversed the appellation of "Venus pudica" ("modest Venus") that is used to describe a statue type of the Classical Venus which shows, in many statues the goddess attempting to conceal her breasts and pubic area from view. The inference the Marquis makes is that this prehistoric Venus makes no attempt to hide her sexuality.