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Akpınar/Sipylos Monument

By Hatice Gonnet-Bağana


Black and white image of the Sipylos monument in Akpınar. The large relief is about 8 meters in height and 4.5 meters in width located in Sipylus Mountain (Spilos, Sipil) near Akpınar in the province of Manisa. The badly worn out relief appears to be a seated figure, carved into a large niche. It was thought to be a seated goddess, the goddess Cylebe; yet some scholars suggest that the figure is a male with a beard, possibly a Hittite mountain god representation. The monument is dated around to the 14th or 13th century BC. This was originally a Hittite monument, yet it was also a popular attraction in the later ages and was believed to have been a representation of the goddess Kybele in Lydian times religious ceremonies were conducted by the monument.135 film (36×24 mm

Topics: Images; Archaeological sites; Luwian inscriptions; Manisa İli (Turkey); Hieroglyphics; Rock carvings; Monuments
Publisher: Koç University, Suna Kıraç Library as digital publisher
Year: 2015
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