19 July 2014
Pipe Creek chert vein plate segment may have been selected for resemblance to North American lion head in the same tradition as large lion head sculptures from Flint Ridge, Ohio
This Pipe Creek, Ohio, chert vein plate was featured in a recent article in Ohio Archaeologist. I noticed it resembles chert lion head sculptures I have identified from Flint Ridge, Ohio
This chert vein plate was likely harvested and shaped for its likeness to a feline head facing right in a cultural tradition which was first noticed at Flint Ridge, Ohio. The top and bottom edges of the figure are the top and bottom natural surfaces of the chert vein and the right and left edges were harvested or trimmed in order to frame the basic facial elements in a plausible lion head shape.
A reconstructed interpretation of the North American lion head
Black lines highlight the interpreted eye and nose, and a red line marks the mouth, of a lion head profile facing right
Flint Ridge, Ohio, lion head sculpture facing right featured earlier on this blog.
Flint Ridge, Ohio, lion head sculpture facing left featured earlier on this blog.
Flint Ridge, Ohio, sculpted lion head found in a group of seven other sculptures featured in postings in the month of May, 2012.