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A detail from an ancient artwork on a Lycian sarcophagus within the Turkish Archeological Museum in Sultanahmed, Istanbul. I liked the repetition of the horses here and the bas relief. Shot with available light. Flash and tripods are not allowed. Lycia is/was in south western Turkey, but this tomb was located about 25 miles south of Beirut in what is now Lebanon. (Sidon) It was settled by Macedonians from ancient Greece.

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"Lion hunting side.

The sarcophagus is topped by an ogival roof typical of Lycian tombs. Centauromachy statues reminiscent of those on the Parthenon south metopes (stone panels), grace the short ends of the rectangular body, while pairs of griffins and sphinxes adorn the ends of the lid.
The hunt scenes are on the long sides of the body: on one, hunters in chariots pursue a lion, while Greek and Persian horsemen attack a boar in the other side. As noted already, lion hunting (particularly from a chariot) draws on royal imaginary front Assyria and Persian tradition, an appropriate chase here for the royal occupant of the sarcophagus.

Paros Marble Sarcophacus
From Sidon (Lebanon), Royal necropolis
About 410 - 380 BC.
Istanbul; Archaeological Museum"

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  • Copyright: Chris Jules (ChrisJ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9800 W: 991 N: 18566] (94426)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2013-02-07
  • Categories: Artwork
  • Camera: Nikon D 90
  • Exposure: f/5.3
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2013-03-27 0:18
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