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Bull Fountain

Two limestone blocks with a bull shaped relief on their front side and a half basin in the back that drains through a whole that leads to the mouth of the bull appear to be parts of a fountain structure. One of the pieces was found in 1985 in the courtyard of a farmhouse about 7 km southeast of Boğazköy a little north of the village of Derbent. The block is about 1 meter high, 75 cm wide, and 73 cm deep. A very similar second piece was brought to Çorum Museum in 1987 from the village of Arifegazili which lies about 30 km north of Boğazköy. Original location of the blocks is not known but clearly the blocks came of the same shop. Its uncertain whether they were part of the same structure or were manufactured for similar fountain structures in different locations. Stylistically a date in the late Empire period has been suggested. Blocks are on display in Çorum Museum.


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Bull fountain, Derbent - T. Bilgin, 2014 Bull fountain, Derbent - T. Bilgin, 2014 Bull fountain, Derbent - T. Bilgin, 2014
Bull fountain, Arifegazili - T. Bilgin, 2014 Bull fountain, Arifegazili - T. Bilgin, 2014

Literature:
Neve, P. "Ein hethitisches Stierrelief aus Derbent bei Bogazköy," FsOtten2, 1988: 263–72.
Schachner, A. Hattuscha. Auf der Suche nach dem sagenhaften Großreich der Hethiter, München, 2011: 108–9.

Image sources:
Tayfun Bilgin, 2014.