Main Page - Karkamış Page
Türkçe

The Statue Base with Lions

Th basalt base which displays two lions and a keeper holding them by collars was found in situ right next to the Royal Buttress (see the photo from excavations). Originally statue of a standing male, possibly representing an ancestral ruler, was placed on it. The statue and the front section of the base have been smashed to pieces. In 1914 excavator Leonard Woolley had restored the lower part of the statue (see the image from 1919 below), but after 1919 it was again destroyed and all that remains of the statue today are the head of the statue (in the Louvre Museum) and the head of one of the lions (in the British Museum). The base is very similar to the one found at the King's Gate in Karkamış and almost identical to the ones found at Zincirli and Tell Tayinat. The base is about 1.2 meters wide and 1 meter long and currently on display in the Anatolian Civilizations Museum in Ankara.

T. Bilgin, 2014 Frank Peers, 1919
British Museum Louvre Museum



Literature:
Gilibert, A. Syro-Hittite monumental art and the archaeology of performance: the stone reliefs at Carchemish and Zincirli in the earlier first millennium BCE, Berlin, 2011. (Carchemish 85-86)
Orthmann, W. Untersuchungen zur späthethitischen Kunst, Bonn, 1971. (Karkemis F/17)
Woolley, L. Carchemish III, 1952: 192.

Image sources:
Tayfun Bilgin, 2014.
Frank Peers, 1919, Harvard University archives.
British Museum.
Musée du Louvre, Pierre et Maurice Chuzeville.