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A Lion from Cappadocia

terra-cotta lion from Cappadocia
Photo: Lion's Press Agency

Again a Louvre Lion, a so-called rhyton in the form of a terra-cotta lion, probably used for libations to certain gods. The liquid was poured in via the back and poured out through the mouth. The manes are painted in brown-black paint.

The sculpture was the only intact one of a number found at Kültepe (the ancient Kanesh) in Cappadocia. The other rhytons are in the Louvre as well. It dates from the Early Bronze Age III (2300-1750 BC). The model is about 20 cm high.

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