Two of the heads on the east terrace. They are up to 2½ m in height.
On the left: Apollo-Mithra-Helios-Hermes; and right: the goddess Commagene-Tyche (the multiple names of the gods indicating their syncretic nature). All the statues appear to have Greek-style facial features, but Persian clothing and hairstyling.
The altitude - 2150 m for the top of the tumulus - gives environmental conditions (serious seasonal and daily temperature variations, freezing and thawing cycles, wind, snow accumulation and sun exposure) that have caused serious damage to the sculptures.
Correspondent: J.M.Criel, Antwerpen.
Sources: File 448: ‘Nemrut Dağı’ – World Heritage List, Unesco (see: whc.unesco.org) .
& Personal visits (1983, 1987, 1994).