The roaring bison of the abri de la Madeleine

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The roaring bison of the abri de la Madeleine

Sculpture on carved antler (reindeer) discovered by D. Peyrony and L. Capitan in the abri de la Madeleine. Among the objects discovered, the famous "licking bison itself" and "the so-called roaring bison" are among the masterpieces of Magdalenian furniture art.

The "licking bison itself" is well known to the public. This work is often interpreted as a carved head of a propeller because of its shape, position and sculpture.
The "roaring bison" is much less famous, although its provenance, material and general shape are identical to the previous one.
It is attributed the function of a spearthrower (a hunting instrument fitted with a hook, allowing the arm to be extended to project the javelins) because of the same criteria as the "bison licking itself" or as a pendeloque because of the perforation marks under the animal's neck.
The "roaring bison" has an engraving of an acephalous animal on its left thigh.

Dimensions :
Length : 11 cm.
Width: 6 cm.
Depth: 2.5 cm.
Material: Resin.
Culture: Magdalenian.
Period :  (-20,000 to 12,000 years BP).
Place of discovery: L'Abri de la Madeleine (Tursac, Dordogne).
Date of discovery: 1910 or 1912.
Denis Peyrony collection.
Location: Musée d'Archéologie Nationale (Saint-Germain-en-Laye).
Inventory N° 60361

Moulding made directly from the original model. The dimensions of our reproduction are identical to those of the original.
Our reproduction is made of acrylic resin enriched with ossein to be 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 by INPI with the copyright "©The-Paleoscope" year 2014.

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Contradictory studies seem to prove that the head is too long and slender, but rather that of a great elk. However, if one looks at photos of moose, one can see that they are perfectly identical to the Magdalenian sculpture.

The abri de La Madeleine was excavated as early as 1863 and is an important site for prehistory. It gave its name to the so-called "Magdalenian" culture (20,000 to 12,000 years BP) and delivered many tools and movable works of art characteristic of this civilisation. L'Abri de la Madeleine (Tursac, Dordogne) is located at the foot of a cliff, on the right bank of the Vézère.

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The roaring bison of the abri de la Madeleine

The roaring bison of the abri de la Madeleine

Sculpture on carved antler (reindeer) discovered by D. Peyrony and L. Capitan in the abri de la Madeleine. Among the objects discovered, the famous "licking bison itself" and "the so-called roaring bison" are among the masterpieces of Magdalenian furniture art.

The "licking bison itself" is well known to the public. This work is often interpreted as a carved head of a propeller because of its shape, position and sculpture.
The "roaring bison" is much less famous, although its provenance, material and general shape are identical to the previous one.
It is attributed the function of a spearthrower (a hunting instrument fitted with a hook, allowing the arm to be extended to project the javelins) because of the same criteria as the "bison licking itself" or as a pendeloque because of the perforation marks under the animal's neck.
The "roaring bison" has an engraving of an acephalous animal on its left thigh.

Dimensions :
Length : 11 cm.
Width: 6 cm.
Depth: 2.5 cm.
Material: Resin.
Culture: Magdalenian.
Period :  (-20,000 to 12,000 years BP).
Place of discovery: L'Abri de la Madeleine (Tursac, Dordogne).
Date of discovery: 1910 or 1912.
Denis Peyrony collection.
Location: Musée d'Archéologie Nationale (Saint-Germain-en-Laye).
Inventory N° 60361

Moulding made directly from the original model. The dimensions of our reproduction are identical to those of the original.
Our reproduction is made of acrylic resin enriched with ossein to be 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 by INPI with the copyright "©The-Paleoscope" year 2014.

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