Originally termed “Venuses” by archaeologists (after the Roman goddess of love who is often depicted nude), this is outdated in academia and is considered a misnomer. Many doubt that the figurines represented deities of any kind. Due to the fact that they are prehistoric artifacts, we may never know what their intended purposes were. They could have been religious icons or even early pornographic images. The figurines have been found as far east as Russia and Siberia but are strangely absent from the Iberian Peninsula (Spain/Portugal). Similar statuettes have also been found in both China and Japan.