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Turkish Manstone and Clan Temples (300AD-600AD)

Standing Male Figure Holding Vase


Jargalaantkhaan Sum

Khenteii Aimag



Turkish Manstones and their associated Clan Temples are usually sited on either S, SW or SE facing ridges or in the N slopes of very broad E-W running valleys. The goal was for the stone to be visible from as broad a region as possible (usually at least 15km in every direction). As here, they often have associated large slabs carved in a carpet pattern "carpetstones" which were either the walls of a subterranean tomb or offering chamber or of an above-ground offering site or altar. Many, but not all manstones are associated with "balbal" lines of smallish (~1 m) unworked standing stones stretching to the south. This example either lacked them or has failed to preserve them.


Most Turkish figures are not as deeply carved and three dimensional as this one, though carving is almost always lively, disproportionate and naive. More detailed manstones almost always show a standing male figure holding a round-bodied vase and facing S. The man often sports a mustache and occasionally a goatee.


Much more of the enclosure/temple survives in this case than is usual.


The blue flag indicates that he is regarded as sacred by local people today.


Taken at Latitude/Longitude:47.517119/109.544501. 6.03 km East Jargalthaan Hentiy Mongolia (Map link)

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Taken on June 27, 2009