The Lion-man of Hohlenstein-Stadel
The Lion-man is a 29.6 centimetre high sculpture in mammoth ivory dating from the Upper Palaeolithic (Aurignacian). This sculpture represents a human body surmounted by a lion's head. It is one of the oldest human representations known to date.
It was discovered in pieces in 1939 in the cave of Hohlenstein-Stadel in Baden-Württemberg under the direction of Robert Wetzel and Otto Völzing, but was not studied until 30 years after the Second World War. It was collected and restored in 1997-1998 by Ute Wolf and Elisabeth Schmid. It is estimated to be 32,000 years old. At first it was thought to be a male, but the authors of its reconstitution think that it is probably a female. Seven horizontal and parallel lines are engraved on the left arm.
In 2010 and 2011, excavations at the entrance of the cave revealed the presence of other pieces of the statue which could be complete. Its reconstruction should be completed soon.
The version sold here is a smooth restoration of these 200 fragments, which gives a very good idea of the final version.
Height = 29.6 cm
Period : (-32,000 years BP).
Place of discovery: Hohlenstein-Stadel cave, Baden-Württemberg (Germany).
Location: Museum Ulm.
Made of acrylic resin enriched with ossein to ensure that the reproduction is as faithful as possible to the appearance of the original model.
The piece is mounted on a solid oak base. This type of base makes it possible to remove the object completely from its base and admire it more easily from all angles.
Reproduction sold with an authentication document + its base + its reinforced transport box.
Version protected INPI with copyright "©The-Paleoscope" year 2014.