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In the Iron Age Syro-Anatolian cities the ritual burial of monumental statues depicting royal or divine images is frequently attested in relevant areas of the urban layout, often related to city gates. The article discusses the case of the well-known royal statue found buried in the Lions' Gate inner chamber at Arslantepe, Malatya, during the excavation by J.L. Delaporte, and the historical and political meaning of the statue mutilation and deposition.doi:10.53131/qvo1127-60372021_7 fatcat:ii6u5rex5nbsbix4f4f7gap2le