40,000 year-old lion relief confirmed to be 3-dimensional

I love things like this. I saw this when it was part of the Ice Age Art exhibition at the British Museum. I’m sharing it with you guys because my wife’s eyes tend to glaze over. A little. Putting my faith in you all 🙂

The Heritage Trust

40,000 year-old mammoth ivory figurine of a lion (right) and missing fragment (left)
Image credit: Hilde Jensen, Universität Tübingen
Phys.org reports last month that –
Archaeologists from the University of Tübingen have found an ancient fragment of ivory belonging to a 40,000 year-old animal figurine. Both pieces were found in the Vogelherd Cave in south-western Germany, which has yielded a number of remarkable works of art dating to the Ice Age. The mammoth ivory figurine depicting a lion was discovered during excavations in 1931. The new fragment makes up one side of the figurine’s head…
The 40,000 year-old figurine is one of the most famous works of Ice Age art. It was on show at last year’s Ice Age art exhibition hosted by the British Museum. According to archaeologist Nicholas Conard of Tübingen University’s Institute of Prehistory and Medieval Archaeology, and the Senckenberg Center for Human Evolution…

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2 thoughts on “40,000 year-old lion relief confirmed to be 3-dimensional

    • It was great to see them up close at the exhibit last year. Particularly the human figures-remember the woman I posted about last year in ‘London Day Three:Neolithic Glimpses’ ?


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