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Yazilikaya sword god

Yazilikaya sword god

The “sword god” consists of a large sword blade, with for a handle a human torso. Instead of arms lion heads protrude at the shoulders. It is thought this is the god of the underworld, Nergal. This would tie in with a ritual text that has been found, referring to “the bronze swords of Nergal” and the “12 gods of the road junction”. Indeed on the opposite side a group of gods is represented.

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