Vogelherd Ivory Lion Figurine, 40000 BCE — Paleolithic,
2 cm5.6 cm

Vogelherd cave in Stetten, Germany, has been one of the most exciting sites of Neolithic discoveries, and home to some of the oldest neolithic objects ever found. Excavated in 1931 by Gustav Riek, an archaeologist from the University of Tübingen, it is thought to be a site where early peoples gather to feast after successful hunts. Riek attributed the tools and figures discovered in Vogelherd to multiple stone age societies, including the Mousterian, Aurignacian, Magdalenian and Neolithic. 

The Lion figurine is made of mammoth ivory (seriously), and the second half of its face was only recently discovered, proving it was originally a three dimentional figure, as opposed to a relief as long belived. 

Photo by Hilde Jensen, Universität Tübingen

Read More

The mysterious line between pre human and post human

Help us bring art
history back to life

Support Trivium on Patreon