19 November 2013

23JP1222 "Lion head left profile" shares "eye" with human face depiction of "one eye open, other eye closed" motif

Stacy Dodd and Rod Weber find, The Old Route 66 Zoo (OR66Z)
Site bearing mutliple sculptures, Jasper County, Missouri

This sculpted cobble depicts a lion head in profile facing left. 

It also depicts a human face in the "face mask one eye open, one eye closed (or missing)" motif toward the right side looking at the viewer straight-on. The big dark cavity which is the left (and only) eye of the lion is also the right eye of the human face depicted.

This is a representation of the now extinct North American Lion combined with an icon (face with closed eye) found in European Lower and Middle Paleolithic contexts.

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