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Sphinxes

A couple of sphinxes found in different times must originate from the same structure due to their similarities. Although the one in the Adana Museum (first row) has endured more erosion, it is clear that it is in the same style as the one in the Kahramanmaraş Museum (second row). The flat section on their back may suggest that in their original position they used to support a column or some other building unit. Stylistically they may date to the 8th century BCE. They are on display in the Adana and Kahramanmaraş Museums.

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T. Bilgin, 2017 E. Anıl, 2017
B. Bilgin, 2015 B. Bilgin, 2015

Literature:
Orthmann, W. Untersuchungen zur späthethitischen Kunst, Bonn, 1971. (Maraş B/23)

Image sources:
Tayfun Bilgin, 2017.
Ertuğrul Anıl, 2017.
Bora Bilgin, 2015.