Des lions et des hommes

Ardèche
Vallon Pont d'Arc

Major
exhibit

from6 april
to22 sept.
2019

Major exhibit - Grotte Chauvet 2 Ardèche : des Lions et des Hommes

Major
exhibit

from6 april
to22 sept.
2019

Did you
know ?

The Chauvet cave is home to half of all the known prehistoric rock art depictions of big cats, that is to say 75 out of a total 150 !

Lions des cavernes de la Grotte Chauvet Pont d'Arc

The force and beauty of lions, jaguars, tigers and leopards have influenced the thoughts and beliefs of human cultures and civilizations that have lived alongside them.

Inspired by the numerous cave lion depictions found in the Chauvet cave, the exhibition is an invitation to discover and explore this universal and timeless fascination.

A unique journey

Over 180 works of art featuring big cats from the most prestigious international collections (Berlin National Museum, Quai Branly Museum – the Louvre, Cernuschi Museum, Guimet Museum, Natural History Museum…) will take you on a unique journey through the cults ,rituals and feline mythologies of Europe, Asia, America and Africa.

See them in the flesh

But how can we possibly understand the relationship between humans and big cats, if we have never seen them in the flesh ? Taxidermied specimens will allow you to come face to face with these animals.

Practical information

Dates and opening times

Exposition du 6 avril au 22 septembre 2019, ouverte tous les jours à partir de 11h.

Admission prices

We strongly recommend that you book ahead online

Make the most of preferential rates with our partner sites :
Cité de la Préhistoire du Grand site de l’Aven d’Orgnac / Pont du Gard.
Offer subject to conditions

Ticket for the exhibition
and a guided tour of the cave replica
(includes access to the site, Aurignacian gallery and events/demonstrations during school holidays)

Adult16.50€
Youngster (10-17 years)7.50€
Children under 10Free

Ticket for the exhibition only(includes access to the site, Aurignacian gallery and events/demonstrations during school holidays)

Adult9.60€
Youngster (10-17 years)4.80€
Children under 10Free

Guided tours (in French) of the exhibition on Sunday from 10 am to 11 am: supplement 5€  

Except for guide dogs

Day parking only

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The journey

uyan-momie-lionceau-caverne

Prehistory

Uyan, 46,000 year old mummy

Only a few days old at the time of its death, the cub was recently discovered in the Siberian permafrost. It is one of 5 known frozen specimens.

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lion-porte-ishtar

Middle East

Babylon, the warrior.

The Ishtar gate is the eighth gate to the inner city of Babylon. It was constructed in the 6th century BC. The lion represented Ishtar, goddess of war.

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buste-sekhmet-egypte

Ancient Egypt

The goddess of war depicted as a lion

Sekhmet is the goddess of war and destruction. She is depicted with the body of a woman and the head of a lioness.

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tete-hercule

Ancient Greece and Rome

The lion defines the hero

Hercules fought the powerful Nemean Lion as one of his 12 tasks. By wearing the lion’s skin he in turn became invincible.

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plaque-jade-tigre-inversee

Asia

The white tiger, a magical animal

Animal art from the Asian Steppes depicts numerous big cats such as the tiger. Usually made of bronze, certain objects are made of jade, a noble and prestigious stone.

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tigre-masque-ameriques

Americas

The Jaguar, intermediary between the living and the dead

Depictions of the jaguar are omnipresent in Pre-Columbian works of art. The jaguar was associated with the world of spirits and the dead.

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Africa

The leopard, emblem of kingship

The leopard symbolizes power and authority in many African cultures. This chieftain’s stool symbolically enforces the supremacy of anyone who sat on it.

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Prehistory
Middle East
Ancient Egypt
Ancient Greece and Rome
Asia
Americas
Africa
Africa

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