To see how much work was needed to make a lion-man,
archaeologist Wulf Hein
embarked on an experiment to carve a replica
using authentic tools and materials.
Without a mammoth tusk,
he used a piece of legally sourced elephant ivory.
I started working from the whole tusk
and then I took a big stone and hammered away this piece,
and I was sweating like hell
because if I would have ruined it, it would be a disaster.
And the most time-consuming part of the work
was setting free the arms
because I had to take a very tiny tool
and make grooves like this underneath, into the ivory,
and just scratch and scratch and days and days
and working and working.
I had blisters on my hands, and every finger was aching.
It was very heavy work.