The Urartu Necklace
Materials: 24k gold plated Silver, Turquoise.
Every Rafael Indiana product is handcrafted by artisans in Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, from wax making each piece unique. We believe it gives the product its authentic ancient beauty. Every design comes with a unique story.
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Hand engraved with a positive carved turquoise gem sourced from Urartu, modern day Van, Turkey. Urartu is a geographical region commonly used as the exonym for the Iron Age kingdom also known as the Kingdom of Van.
This insignia is a depiction of two Urartu lion’s. The Lion is interpreted as the king, power, rage, triumph and dominance more or less everywhere in the ancient Near East. Many figures of deities riding the lion have been already discovered in the ancient Near East. Additionally, Lions have been pictured on Göbekli tepe, Çatalhöyük and Boğazköy. It was the symbol of the Urartu god of war, HADI, and the Pharaohs’s protector Godess. Lion hunting scenes have been very commonly illustrated through out the Iron age and during Mesopotamia.