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Gate Lion

This Late Hittite style gate lion was found at the Kareseki district of Havuzköy in Sivas province. Scholarly it was first reported by von der Osten in 1928 and in the following years the statue was transported to Ankara. The basalt lion measures about 2 meter in length, 1.3 meters in height and 0.75 meters in width. It is one of the northernmost finds of the Neo-Hittite period sculptures. Currently in the Anatolian Civilizations Museum in Ankara.

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Boehmer, R. M. "Havuzkoy in Ostkappadokien," AA 82, 1967: 132-41.
Orthmann, W. Untersuchungen zur späthethitischen Kunst, Bonn, 1971. (Havuzköy)
von der Osten, H. H. Explorations in Hittite Asia Minor 1927-28, OIC 6, Chicago, 1929: 69-73.

Image sources:
Tayfun Bilgin, 2006.