04 December 2012
Flint Ridge, Ohio, "rock hound" may have found an example of a flint and crystal lion head expressed in a familiar scheme
Anonymous rock collector may have found a stunning example of a flint and crystal lion's head facing left at Flint Ridge, Licking County, Ohio. (click photos to expand and compare)
"Little bear from the Boukoul site. V.O.A. Jasper stone under 2 cm" from archaeologist Jan van Es, The Netherlands. (bottom) Ken Johnston interpretation and markup of lion mouth and eye in the photo to illustrate how the bear may be made within the lion head "template" or "scheme." Thus, this could be interpreted as a possible polymorphic piece, lion head and bear. van Es notes the piece is heavily patinated.
Three previously posted Ohio examples are shown below. The last one is patinated in a spot as if rubbed by the human hand.
Here, this photo is reversed to place the artifact in a comparable position to the other examples to illustrate the lion head template. Not coincidentally, also from Flint Ridge (Roy Miller photo).
American lion head reconstrction