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The latest news is that almost 1,000 further fragments of the statue have been found, following recent excavations in the Stadel Cave by Claus-Joachim Kind. Most of these are minute, but a few are several centimetres long. Some of the larger pieces are now being reintegrated into the figure.
Conservators have removed the 20th-century glue and filler from the 1989 reconstruction, and are now painstakingly reassembling the Lion Man, using computer-imaging techniques. “It is an enormous 3D puzzle”, says the British Museum curator Jill Cook.
struggling for survival in the harshest of conditions (an exaggeration really, although a commonly held one)
originally posted by: Oannes
Considering that ancient man didn't have tv, what was he depicting here?
originally posted by: skalla
Updating and bumping - i saw the Lionman referred to elsewhere on these boards as a "one off" and used as evidence of hidden history, suggesting that this piece indicates man was far more culturally advanced ("etc etc") than previously thought.
I gotta tackle this.
So the Lionman is exceptional due to size and the time taken to make it - there are other contemporary Ivory finds in the area - some are outlined in this paper - now there are not many, but it shows they were crafting detailed Ivory artworks, some of which i believe show greater craftsman ship (the Bison in particular) - the thing that marks the Lionman out is the length of time that went into it, and the (i believe erroneous) suggestion that it is a figurative depiction of a blend of Lion and Man.
Below are some further items of Ivory ice-age art that put the Lionman into context as part of a wider tradition of craft and art-work.
Mammoth Ivory Bison, from Zaraysk, Russia. Dated approx 20kya