Venus of Ocice

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The Venus of Ottitz or Venus of Ocice (Polish: Wenus Ocicka) is a Venus figurine, a neolithic clay statuette of a female figure found before World War II within the current city limits of Racibórz (Racibórz-Ocice), Silesia, Poland. The ceramic original has been lost, but several copies exist. A gypsum copy is exhibited in the Museum of Racibórz.[1][2]

It was discovered in 1909 and described as figurine of Ottitz near Ratibor[3] (i.e., German nameplaces were used). At that time, it was speculated to be "the most ancient model of human form in existence".


  1. "Wystawy stałe" (Permanent exhibitions), description on the Internet page of the Museum in Raciborz, (Access 2013-03-03).
  2. Izabela Żbikowska, "Pierwsze żyto w Europie" (The First Rye of Europe),75476,8332826,Pierwsze_zyto_w_Europie.html Gazeta Wyborcza, 2010-09-03 (access 2013-01-29).
  3. "Clay Figurine Unearthed in a Stone-age Dwelling at Ottitz", Nature, No. 2089, Vol. 82, November 11, 1909, p.42.