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Ancient Lions [15 May 2013] Lion-theme pre-historic art.

If this were "Cayzle's Rakshasa Site," I would be so wetting my pants with joy right now. I happened on this ancient stone-age ivory carving of a lion-headed human figure today, and it is quite nifty, even if it is a rakshasa instead of a wemic. According to the Smithsonian Institute, this "Lion-Man Figurine" was carved about 35,000 years ago.

"Carved from mammoth ivory, this figurine combines human traits with the features of an animal, probably a cat. Although nicknamed “The Lion-Man,” some researchers think it represents a female. This motif, found on other objects from this part of Europe, may have had special meaning for humans living there.:
Well, that motif certainly has meaning for a person living here, in my house! Here's the carving:

Here is a wikipedia article on the "Lion man of the Hohlenstein Stadel," as well as a blog post with great art and news on dating. Evidently the statuette is older and required more artist-hours to make than originally thought.

Also on the same site, here's a nifty 25,000-year-old "Carved Ivory Running Lion." Sweet.

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