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A basalt column base from the entrance to a bit-hilani palace of Bar Rakab at Samal (Zincirli in Turkey). The palace dates to the eighth century BC. A pair of these supported the two columns that were at the entrance to the palace.
These s sphinxes have the bodies of lions, wings of a bird and the heads of women. This column base supported a thick (probably) cedar column that in turn supported the roof of the entrance to the palace.
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