The Venus of Willendorf the Aphrodite of Kindos and the Yakshi

             It is hard to compare “The Venus of Willendorf,” the
             “Aphrodite of Kindos,” and the “Yakshi” sculptures based on
             their religious uses or their respective time periods, which
             range from 25,000 B.C. to 30 A.D. However, it is safe to say
             that the female nude has been around for a very long time.
             “The Venus of Willendorf” depicts a faceless woman with
             large legs, stomach, and breasts. Her arms rest atop her
             breasts, and she was more than likely used in fertility
             rituals. The body is extremely rounded with very little
             definition. In contrast the “Aphrodite of Kindos,”
             4th-century B.C., shows the great detail of the evolving
             Greek artists of this time period. She has ample hips and
             curvaceous breasts. Her hour glass figure is accentuated by
             her muscular definition and detailed face and hair. She
             flows with grace as she leaves the bath in this depiction to
             be seen “in the round,” or from all angles. Her beauty is
             timeless and still admirable today. The “Yakshi” sculpture
             has been somewhat corroded by the hands of time, but is
             still shown to be a quality piece. This deity of fertility
             has large birthing hips and voluptuous breasts. Her body too
             depicts movement that invites one to view her from a variety
             of angles. Unfortunately, time has marred her face, but
             there is still some degree of visibility of her full legs
             and sensuous belly that add to her exotic beauty and appeal.
             She is less defined than the “Aphrodite,” but far more
             stylized than the “Venus.” It is safe to assume that though
             the figures of these three sculptures differ greatly that
             they all represent what was considered beautiful and
             desirable in their respective cultures. The only thing truly
             comparable about the three is their curvature. Even though
             their muscle tone contrast vastly they all have curves that
             emphasize their breasts, hips, and thighs. That being
             stated, one can ...

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