The assumption is that these prehistoric drawings, found on the walls of caves or carved in stone, had a mainly ritual function. This idea of ‘ritual erotic art’ is based on the similar usage of sexual themed images among current primitive cultures in Africa and South America.
Daniel Verdejo collected quite a lot of these early erotic drawings & statues on his website ‘Arte Repestre’, among them is the famous mother earth statue, the Venus of Willendorf. This piece, often referred to as the starting point of human expression trough art, represents the capability of woman to create new life. Verdejo explains on his website “Venus is a magical being by nature, the main creator of transmission and perpetuity of life, the principal axis, life lies inside her and perpetuity of the group depends on her.”