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Gobekli Tepe

Gobekli Tepe

Price: $500.00

Size: 8x8

A pillar in Göbekli Tepi shows a vulture and a scorpion, and the position seems to indicate the position of the Cygnus and Scorpio constellations. This archeological site is one of the oldest settlements known, going back more than 10,000 years. Fabriano 100% cotton watercolor paper, white ink and Daniel Smith primatek mineral watercolors for the pillar.

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Göbekli Tepe is probably one of the most important links for our understanding of the transition between hunter gatherer societies to agricultural societies. It was built around the time of the end of the last ice age, and then abandoned. It is a puzzle that archeologist are still trying to figure out. 

The most surprising part of this archeological site is what seems to show that the zodiac, or at least a very early version of it, was portrayed and carved on this pillars. The vulture and the scorpion seems to describe the positions of the Cygnus and the Scorpio constellations. Additionally, the vulture seems to be holding an orb, which could be either the Sun or the Moon. Other figures found on this site include jackals, foxes, bulls and other birds. It is also oriented to serve as an astronomical observatory, and for some reason, seems like the same people that built it, covered with dirt on purpose.

I painted the constellations of Cygnus, Lyra and Sagitta on the background. The pillar has an iridescent finish made with Daniel Smith primatek mineral watercolors. I used bronzite genuine and burnt bronzite genuine.

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