Tag Archives: Turkey

17th Century: The Dog-Headed Saint

In Eastern Christian Orthodox iconography, Saint Christopher sometimes appears with the head of a dog. As a consummate outsider who would become the patron saint of travellers, Christopher came to be associated with tales of far-flung peoples who blurred the … Continue reading

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6th Century AD: Medusa

No one really has an explanation for the two massive Medusa heads that support columns in the Basilica Cistern, a cathedral-sized reservoir underneath the city of Istanbul. The Medusa, of course, is a monster from Greek mythology: a winged woman … Continue reading

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2000 BC: Two-headed Goddess

Two-headed goddess figure from K├╝ltepe, Turkey (c. 2000 BC)

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1857: Bodrum

George Frederic Watts: Bodrum, Asia Minor (1857)

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