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Sevdili Lion

The 2 meter tall gate lion was found near the Sevdili village about 40 km east of the town of Elbistan in the province of Kahramanmaraş. It was found lying flat on one side nearby a rock quarry from where it must have originated and in 1961 was moved to the Kahramanmaraş Museum. Stylistically it has been compared to the lions of the Arslantaş which geographically lays about 35 km to the northwest, and thus may date to the same time period of 12th to 10th century BCE. The lion is currently in the Kahramanmaraş Museum.


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C. Süer, 2011 E. Anıl, 2011 C. Süer, 2011 E. Anıl, 2011 C. Süer, 2011 C. Süer, 2011


Literature:
Di Filippo, F. & Manuelli, F. "Hic sunt leones. Iconographic analysis and computational modelling for the study of the Iron Age free-standing lions of the Elbistan plain (south-eastern Anatolia). Asia Anteriore Antica. JANEC 3, 2021: 43–72.
Eralp, G. "Sevdiliköy Geç Hitit Aslanı" GsAkyurt-Devam, 1995: 115–20.
Orthmann, W. Untersuchungen zur späthethitischen Kunst, Bonn, 1971. (Sevdili Köy 1)
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Image sources:
Cüneyt Süer, 2011
Ertuğrul Anıl, 2011.