16 September 2014
A feline face sculpture from The Old Route 66 Zoo site, #23JP1222
Stacy Dodd and Rod Weber find, near Joplin, Missouri, site #23JP1222
This stone is interpreted as including a feline face image looking straight-on, with its chin being the lowermost extremity. The chin, mouth, nose, muzzle area of the feline's face is the visual trigger for the overall image. The projection at right, like the narrowing end of a cornucopia, may have served as a handle for the feline face to be manipulated like a kind of puppet. When I saw this, I immediately saw the feline face but I had to disregard the extra stone on top of it because it does not look like anything in the photo. It may be a part of the sculpture awaiting interpretation or just meant to be ignored when focusing attention on the feline face.
A remarkably similar feline face, perhaps also on a handle, also from Missouri, featured earlier on this blog.
The Old Route 66 Zoo feline face image within the larger stone