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Lion-Man Figurine

Creating Paintings and Figurines

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.

Lion-man Figure
Image Credit: Jim Di Loreto and Don Hurlbert, Smithsonian Institution
Lion-Man Figurine
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Site: Hohlenstein-Stadel Cave, Germany
Page last updated: March 29, 2016