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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 Kahramanmaras. It was found lying flat on one side nearby a rock quary from where it must have originated. 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 peroid of 12th to 11th centuries BCE. The lion is currently in Kahramanmaraş Museum.

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

Eralp, G. "Sevdiliköy Geç Hitit Aslanı" In Memoriam. Metin Akyurt, Bahattin Devam Anı Kitabı, 1995: 115-20.
Orthmann, W. Untersuchungen zur späthethitischen Kunst, Bonn, 1971. (Sevdili Köy 1)

Image sources:
Bora Bilgin, Ertuğrul Anıl, Cüneyt Süer, Ercüment Süer, 2011.