Hypothesis: Rock relief of Aslantaş, Göynüş Valley in Turkey, is a depiction of the master of the animals.

A hypothesis that the rock relief of Aslantaş, Göynüş Valley in Turkey, is a depiction of the master of the animals relief.  The head is missing, This is the proposed depiction, the head blown up or destroyed.


As far as I am aware this has never been published anywhere by anyone, but please do let me know if it has.

There is an identical pose, second similar lion carving in the rock next to it. It is almost unrecognizable.

You can make up its tail, leg/foot standing lion and head if you know what you are looking at.

A 360 view of the site can be seen here:


Image for scale and debries rocks shattered around it. Could this be the missing head.

An archeological survey of the site is needed to prove this theory and if perhaps parts of the original head, or traces of destruction of the head can be found at the site nearby in broken rocks. The other lion tomb is completely destroyed in pieces next to it. Further onsite research will prove if my theory was correct.

The below artifact clearly shows the similarities. 

Iran, Luristan bronzes, circa 1000-650 B.C. Tools and Equipment; horse trappings Bronze 6 x 8 1/2 in. (15.2 x 22 cm) The Nasli M. Heeramaneck Collection of Ancient Near Eastern and Central Asian Art, gift of The Ahmanson Foundation (M.76.97.106) Art of the Ancient Near East Currently on public view: Hammer Building, floor 3


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