Creeping Hyena Spear Thrower of La Madeleine

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Creeping Hyena Spear Thrower of La Madeleine


With its short, thick muzzle, small nostrils, round eye and curved forehead, the animal depicted could be a hyena and would therefore be unique, as there is no undoubted representation of this carnivorous animal in the furniture or parietal field. Nevertheless, it is also possible that the artist wished to depict a feline in the attitude of the lookout, ready to pounce, as suggested by the sagging and very well rendered position of its legs. A final hypothesis, less attractive than the other two because it is more "classical", would be that this humpback represents a young bovine, probably a bison. The object was probably designed to be seen from the left profile: the reverse side of the humpback is much less detailed.

Dimensions :
Height: 11.5 cm (4.33").
Width: 5 cm (1.96").
Depth: 1.5 cm (0.39").
Material: resin.
Period: Madgalenian.
Period :  (-16000 years before B.P.).
Place of discovery: commune of Tursac in the Dordogne.
Conservation: National Archaeology Museum of Saint-Germain-en-Laye.
Archive: MAN 60 338

Made of acrylic resin enriched with ossein to restore the appearance of the original model.
This copy is made from the original matrix of the discovery piece.

The patina is studied to be as faithful as possible to the original discovered.

The moulding and reconstruction are signed (Alain Morala).

The base is mounted on a solid oak base with a clamping claw system that respects the facsimiles, which are therefore not drilled.
It has been specifically designed to allow you to remove the object completely from its base and to view it more easily from all angles.

Reproduction sold with an authentication document + its base + its reinforced transport box.
Version protected by INPI with copyright "©Le-Paléoscope".



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This statuette in the round is actually a fragment of a decorative element of a propeller discovered on the site of the Madeleine which gave its name to the Magdalenian period (- 16000 years) located in the town of Tursac in the Dordogne.
The piece, discovered under the natural shelter near the rock face along the Vézère river, was severely degraded: the mammoth ivory in which it had been carved had been reduced to a multiple of fragments. All the fragments were transferred and restored to the Museum of National Antiquities in Saint-Germain-en-Laye.

The shelter of the Madeleine provided a large number of remarkable pieces: pierced sticks, engravings, sculptures and other burials. Two objects are particularly cited, the buffalo licking itself and the hyena, a very well preserved reindeer antler propeller.

It can be noted that the end of the distal part (or hook) which received the saga was deliberately reduced to improve the holding of the saga at the level of the cup, and to avoid any stalling when shooting.

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Creeping Hyena Spear Thrower of La Madeleine

Creeping Hyena Spear Thrower of La Madeleine


With its short, thick muzzle, small nostrils, round eye and curved forehead, the animal depicted could be a hyena and would therefore be unique, as there is no undoubted representation of this carnivorous animal in the furniture or parietal field. Nevertheless, it is also possible that the artist wished to depict a feline in the attitude of the lookout, ready to pounce, as suggested by the sagging and very well rendered position of its legs. A final hypothesis, less attractive than the other two because it is more "classical", would be that this humpback represents a young bovine, probably a bison. The object was probably designed to be seen from the left profile: the reverse side of the humpback is much less detailed.

Dimensions :
Height: 11.5 cm (4.33").
Width: 5 cm (1.96").
Depth: 1.5 cm (0.39").
Material: resin.
Period: Madgalenian.
Period :  (-16000 years before B.P.).
Place of discovery: commune of Tursac in the Dordogne.
Conservation: National Archaeology Museum of Saint-Germain-en-Laye.
Archive: MAN 60 338

Made of acrylic resin enriched with ossein to restore the appearance of the original model.
This copy is made from the original matrix of the discovery piece.

The patina is studied to be as faithful as possible to the original discovered.

The moulding and reconstruction are signed (Alain Morala).

The base is mounted on a solid oak base with a clamping claw system that respects the facsimiles, which are therefore not drilled.
It has been specifically designed to allow you to remove the object completely from its base and to view it more easily from all angles.

Reproduction sold with an authentication document + its base + its reinforced transport box.
Version protected by INPI with copyright "©Le-Paléoscope".



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