The Venus of Willendorf the Aphrodite of Kindos and the Yakshi

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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 Continue...

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