List of Physical Visualizations
and Related Artifacts

30000 BC – The Very First Sculptures


While data sculptures date back from the 1990s, the very first sculptures were Venus figurines:

A Venus figurine is any Upper Paleolithic statuette portraying a woman with exaggerated physical features.

The oldest ones are about 35,000 years old. Right image: modern versions.

Also see V.S. Ramachandran on the peak shift principle in art.


  1. Wikipedia article on Venus figurines.
  2. Left image from, right images from Mari Shiranui's flickr page and

Added by: Pierre Dragicevic. Category: Physical model  Tags: archaeology, sculptures, venus figurine, women