VENUS BRITANNIA.

400,000 B.C. BY J.D. SHAMAN.

INTRODUCING THE WORLD'S OLDEST HUMAN ART.

THE VENUS BRITANNIA IS A LOWER PALAEOLITHC VENUS FIGURINE FOUND IN 1912 BY MR. GEORGE BAKER AND MR. GEORGE PAYNE AT THE CLACTONIAN HEIDELBERGENSIS SITE OF TWYDALL, KENT, ENGLAND. ORIGINALLY DONATED AS A TOOL BY MR. RICHARD JONES OF WELLING, KENT, TO ROCHESTER MUSEUM, KENT. THE MUSEUM DEACCESSED THEIR COLLECTION WHERE UPON THE AUTHOR RECOGNISED IT AS A VENUS FIGURINE AND PURCHASED THIS AND SEVERAL OTHER PIECES.










THE ADAM AND EVE STONE SHOWN HERE, HAS A FEMALE HOMININ FACE ON ONE SIDE AND A MALE HOMININ FACE ON THE OTHER SIDE. THE FEMALE IS SHOWN AS HAVING TEETH IN HER MOUTH, A RECEDING UPPER FACE, WITH SMALL BROW RIDGE AND STYLED HAIR IN A BUN. THE MALE FACE IS SHOWN WITH MOUTH, LARGE NOSE AND LARGE BROW RIDGE. SEEN FROM ONE SIDE TO THE OTHER, HER NOSE BECOMES HIS FOREHEAD AND HER UPPER LIP BECOMES HIS NOSE.










THE VENUS BRITANNIA REVEALS A HOST OF ANTHROPOMORPHIC FIGURES WITHIN IT. THE VENUS FIGURINE IS WEARING A LION SKIN. SHE WEARS THE LION'S HEAD AS A HEADDRESS. PROMINENT IN THE EDGE OF THE FIGURINE IS A WELL CARVED HOMININ FACE. ONE SIDE OF THE FACE IS THE HOMININ, THE OTHER THAT OF A HAWK, WHICH APPEARS TO BE PART OF A SHAMANIC HEADDRESS, SURMOUNTED BY A LARGE SERPENT.

FOUR OTHER FIGURINES FROM THIS SITE, ALONG WITH TWO PALAEOLITHIC FIGURINES FROM NORFOLK, ARE INTRODUCED IN THIS BOOK. ONE OF THE NORFOLK FIGURINES IS OF A BIRD COMBINED WITH A PREGNANT WOMAN. THE OTHER FIGURINE CONTAINS A CAREFULLY CRAFTED CAVE LION PROFILE. THIS IS THE FIRST FLINT CARVING OF A CAVE LION FOUND IN EUROPE AND THE OLDEST CARVING OF A CAVE LION FOUND ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD.