A Lion of Maussolus
Photo: Lion's Press Agency
A Lion of the mausoleum for Maussolus, ruler of Caria between 377 and 353 BC. Caria was a former nation covering the southwestern part of Turkey with as capital the city of Halicarnassus (today's Bodrum) near the Aegean Sea. The mausoleum of Maussolus was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, but today it is a sad-looking ruin.
Between columns of the pyramid-shaped mausoleum were many statues and at the base of the pyramid there were twenty-four lions. Only one of these lions survived more or less completely and it is now in the British Museum in London.
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