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Vogelherd Ivory Lion Figurine

Vogelherd Ivory Lion Figurine, Upper Paleolithic
Vogelherd Ivory Lion Figurine, zoomed in
2 cmVogelherd Ivory Lion Figurine scale comparison5.6 cm
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Vogelherd Ivory Lion Figurine is an Upper Paleolithic Ivory Sculpture created in 40000 BCE. The image is © Hilde Jensen, Universität Tübingen, and used according to Educational Fair Use, and tagged Lion. Source

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.

Reed Enger, "Vogelherd Ivory Lion Figurine," in Obelisk Art History, Published October 25, 2016; last modified May 19, 2021, http://arthistoryproject.com/timeline/prehistory/paleolithic/vogelherd-ivory-lion-figurine/.

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