An international team of archaeologists recently unearthed a colossal human structure along with an ornately decorated semi-circular column in southeastern Turkey.
Both pieces were originally part of a monumental gate complex that provided access to the upper citadel of Kunulua, capital of the Neo-Hittite Kingdom of Patina (ca. 1000-738 BC).
"These newly discovered Tayinat sculptures are the product of a vibrant local Neo-Hittite sculptural tradition," explained Professor Tim Harrison of the University of Toronto.
"They provide a vivid glimpse into the innovative character and sophistication of the Iron Age cultures that emerged in the eastern Mediterranean following the collapse of the great imperial powers of the Bronze Age at the end of the second millennium BC."
According to Harrison, the head and torso of the human figure, intact to just above its waist, stands approximately 1.5 meters in height, suggesting a total body length of 3.5 to four meters.
As can be seen in the photo above, the figure's face is bearded, with preserved inlaid eyes made of white and black stone, while its hair has been styled in an elaborate series of curls aligned in linear rows.
Both arms are extended forward from the elbow, each with two arm bracelets decorated with lion heads. The figure's right hand holds a spear, and in its left is a shaft of wheat. A crescent-shaped pectoral adorns its chest.
Originally posted by Shane
reply to post by LucidDreamer85
A 13' tall garden gnome. You would think that would only come from Goliath's front lawn.
You noted the "hat" which seems to be covered in Waves, from my perspective. The article noted curly hair, but it is similar to some items the Dani carved in Greece, depicting the events of the Exodus, strangely enough.
There is a series of these carvings, which seemingly depict the events surrounding the Exodus of Israel from Egypt. This one in specific is suggested to be a snapshot of the Armies of Pharaoh being engulfed in the waters. The guy infront of the Chariot is suppose to be Moses, as the waves crash from above the Chariot following him.
Of course, many will claim this to be otherwise, but when the collection found with this is examined, there is a good argument this is right. Afterall, who are the Dani? Dan????
Not to be distracted from the original post, but the similar style of the Hat/Hair to me has some "water" meaning, of some sort, but I am no expert. Just someone who finds these things neat.
Originally posted by Hanslune
As he has a spear I say that its a helmet on top of his head. Probably a ceremonail boar's tusk helmet
Originally posted by OccamsRazor04
reply to post by Shane
Like everything else, context is key. Can swirls mean water? Sure. But in this case the context seems pretty conclusive it is hair, curly hair to be exact. Unless there was a lot of water swirling around on someones head, which is kind of odd don't you think?