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Temporary gallery | The Mars statue at the Gaziantep museum | Lower floor | Achilles | Acratos and Euphrosyne | Andromeda and Perseus | Antiope and satyr | Daedalus and Icarus | Dionysos | Dionysos and Ariadne | Dionysus' triumf | Eros and Psyche | "Gypsy" mosaic | Methiokos | Oceanous and Thetys | Another Oceanous and Thetys | Water gods and goddesses | Women at breakfast | Zeus and Europa | Temporary 1 | Bust of Dionysos | Temporary 3 | Temporary 4 | The mosaic of Aphrodite | Temporary 6 | Temporary 7 | Geometric mosaics | Koçlu Mosaic | Sulumağara Mosaic | Yarımca-Bağtepe / Sarıdere Mosaic | Akdeğirmen mosaic | Dionysos and Ariadne

Sulumağara Mosaic

Second half 5th century AD. The mosaic stems from the left cell of the ancient church with three naves and a central nave with a bema (hymn choir) in Altınüzüm Town, Islahiye sub-province of Gaziantep. On it 32 animals are represented on a square panel surrounded by a brown wavering belt. On a panel in the front a reliquary is shown, to the side of which a gigantic bull and lion are shown. They were used for apotropaic purposes [Wikipedia: Apotropaic magic (from Greek apotrepein "to ward off" from apo- "away" and trepein "to turn") is a type of magic intended to "turn away" harm or evil influences, as in deflecting misfortune or averting the evil eye.]. The text in the museum continues with “In addition, these animals are also symbols that belong to the old religion” [I don’t know what’s meant: Greek? Hittite? Göbeklitepelik?]. The text continues with a description of several other animals, which you can see in the pictures.
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