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Banning a masterpiece: Prehistoric ‘Venus’ statue too hot for Facebook

The prehistoric ‘Venus of Willendorf’ figurine, considered a masterpiece of the paleolithic era, has been censored by Facebook, drawing an indignant response from the Natural History Museum in Vienna, where it is on display.

The tiny statuette of a voluptuous naked woman, which is some 30,000 years old, was discovered in the Austrian village of Willendorf in the early 20th century and is considered “the icon” of the museum, the facility’s director general Christian Koeberl said in a statement.

The 11 centimetre (4 inch) statue from the early stone age is “the most popular and best-known prehistoric representation of a woman worldwide,” he added.

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