The Lion Man is a beautifully sculpted piece of art work. It is stated that the Lion Man has been calculated to take a highly skilled carver at least 400 hours using flint tools (two months’ work in daylight). This means that the carver would have had to be looked after by hunter-gatherers, which presupposes a degree of social organization. The sculpture itself has been dated to be around 40,000 years old; using radio-carbon dating of other bones found in the strata. What was really striking about the sculptor of the Lion Man sculptor is that he or she had a mind capable of imagination rather than simply representing real forms. The individual had to have a brain powerful enough to think beyond what was presented to it in everyday life.
That is beyond incredible. I have studied the evolution of humans for most of my academic career, but this is beyond exciting to hear. Human are far more complex creatures than what was originally thought. Even back 40,000 years ago they had dreams, visions and coherent imagination that was able to be transformed only using flint tools. I know that technologies have changed over the past several decades, but I still wouldn’t be able to make anything this beautiful only using a flint tool set. My craftiness with hand tools is minimum to say the least. It would take an individual not only with advanced crafting skills, but an individual that had an advanced understanding of spatial awareness. I am just assuming, (but it would make sense), that the sculpture was made out of one piece of material. That really does not leave room for mess up, after putting at least 400 man hours into something this beautiful. But it brings up the question: what was it made for? Was it something that had a religious/spiritual purpose or was it just a beautiful sculpture for individuals to admire? Then it makes me want to ask questions about what the individual that was commissioned to carve the sculpture. What was that individuals role in the society? If it did in fact take 400 man hours, non-stop for 2 months, how was that individual able to just sit there for days and carve this piece of art? I’m assuming this individual was either an elder or someone with a higher power level within the society. Maybe it was an individual that use to be a hunter-gather but was injured and could not go out into the field anymore? I am interested in keeping up with the story and learning more about the piece.