Hittite Lion Bookend – Unique Handcrafted Decor for Bibliophiles | Hittite Bookend | Lion Gate Hattusa | Lion Bookend

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Introducing the Hittite Lion Bookend, a unique blend of history and home decor. This handcrafted masterpiece is more than just a bookend; it’s a statement piece for bibliophiles. Inspired by Hittite art, this bookend brings a touch of antiquity to your bookshelf. Crafted with meticulous detail, it serves as both a functional book support and an artistic expression of your love for literature. Elevate your home library or reading nook with this unique Hittite-inspired lion bookend. A perfect gift for book lovers who appreciate the fusion of ancient aesthetics and modern elegance. Add a touch of mythical charm to your literary haven with this distinctive bookshelf accessory. Lion bookend, Hittite bookend

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The Lion Gate at Hattusa, the capital of the Hittite Empire. The lions were put at the entrance of the city to ward off evil.

Hittite Lion Bookend will be a great addition to your bookshelves and protect your precious books from evil forces 🙂

******* Important: This product is sold in units, if you purchase one you will get one bookend, you can choose to buy in pairs if you want. *******

The Lion Gate, built in the early 14th century BCE, is located in the south-western part of the fortifications. It is flanked by two towers and the upper parts between the towers have been destroyed. The gate consists of two access openings of parabolic shape: an internal one and an external one. Once they were mounted with wooden doors that opened inwards. Most probably, the exterior doors were sheathed in bronze to increase their resistance. Lion bookend

The statues of the front halves of two lions that gave the gate its customary name, were carved in huge blocks of rock on both sides of the external doors. The silhouettes of these wild animals with open jaws and wide open eyes probably played a protective function – they were to scare away evil spirits from the city. This explanation has been deduced by the researchers on the basis of the similarity of the lion theme to other such representations, known from Hittite and Mesopotamian architecture.

The eye sockets of the lions were in the past lined with various decorative materials. It is worth to take a careful look at how skilfully these sculptures were carved. Particularly in the case of the right lion that has been completely preserved, it is possible to see its beautiful mane, the fur on its chest and its head. The lion on the left has been preserved survived in much worse condition as it has lost almost the entire head. It has recently been restored, so that the visitors to Hattusa could admire it in all its glory. Above and to the left of the damaged head of the left lion, a few barely visible Luvian hieroglyphic characters can be spotted. The upper blocks of the left tower facade are not smoothed, which testifies to the fact that the gate was never completed.

The Lion Gate demonstrates the details of Hittite sculpture of the 14th century period and represents excellent craftsmanship of Hittite masons. The blocks of stone that were used for its construction are connected with so-called polygonal technique. In this technique, the visible surfaces of the stones are dressed with straight sides or joints, giving the block the appearance of a polygon. It is said that in the case of the Lion Gate in Hattusa not even the thinnest sliver of paper could be put between the stones as they fit perfectly together. The Lions Gate is similar to the construction techniques seem in Mycenaean Greece, in particular, to another Lion Gate – the one at the entrance to the city of Mycenae.

 

Introducing the Hittite Lion Bookend, a unique blend of history and home decor. This handcrafted masterpiece is more than just a bookend; it’s a statement piece for bibliophiles. Inspired by Hittite art, this bookend brings a touch of antiquity to your bookshelf. Crafted with meticulous detail, it serves as both a functional book support and an artistic expression of your love for literature. Elevate your home library or reading nook with this unique Hittite-inspired lion bookend. A perfect gift for book lovers who appreciate the fusion of ancient aesthetics and modern elegance. Add a touch of mythical charm to your literary haven with this distinctive bookshelf accessory.

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