Okay, so there's too many photos and they're not very good, but it was a thrill to see the Venus of Willendorf. Vienna had lots of neat old stuff of the historical persuasion, but I'm particularly interested in prehistoric.
Jeez, can't even read the sign. This is the little roomlet inside the museum especially for housing the Willendorf. The statuette is in its own small glass case so you can examine it from all angles. Since it's dark in the roomlet, it's hard to get good shots. (Excuse for the one above is I snagged some passerby and can't complain...)
Above without flash.
When I met up with some of my fellow travellers at the pick-up bus, they were obviously unfamiliar with the Willendorf and wondered why I'd got myself a replica of such an ugly figurine...
In case you are the same, there's lots of info on the web, e.g. Wikipedia. There was an extensive culture in prehistoric Europe that featured images of fat women, possibly symbolizing prosperity (hard to be fat in a hungry world) or fertility. A larger-than-life version is in Malta, and also another small figurine, the Sleeping Lady. I'd put up my own photos, but they don't seem to be in my Malta folder, and aside from that I have 24,000 photos, only randomly sorted, so I'll go with something from the internet:
Only bottom half remaining - it was larger than life-size.
This one is comparable in size to the Willendorf, i.e., a few inches.
All very mysterious... By the time of the Cretans and Egyptians, thin was in.