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Old 04-16-2016, 05:33 PM   #1
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Hi guys, I have a question. On the bottom of this webpage

http://whereismacedonia.org/where-to...s-ancient-city

it shows a head piece from the museum of Bitola, which is apparently the mask of Hercules. My question is if it is a Lion then why are the teeth on the headpiece that of a canine? Instead of a Lion. I heard ancient Macedonians held wolves and the Sarplaninac dog in high regard. Or could it be the Macedonian equivalent of Anubis?

Any clarification or explanation on this head piece would be greatly appreciated.

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My question is if it is a Lion then why are the teeth on the headpiece that of a canine?
Hi Stevce, welcome to the forum. I assume you're referring to the image near the bottom of that webpage. Why do you say that the teeth are that of a canine on the headpiece? Is it because the two upper cuspid teeth (the so-called "canine" teeth) are not long enough or for some other reason?
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I heard ancient Macedonians held wolves and the Sarplaninac dog in high regard.
I have heard some people say that and even suggest that some of the art from antiquity depicts this dog instead of a lion. But I haven't done any research into it. It wouldn't be too difficult to accept the possibility given that this breed of dog originated in Macedonia.
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This might be of interest.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjBmQIXCGew
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Hi Soilder of Macedon. You are correct I am referring to the image at the bottom. My girlfriend is a seeing eye dog instructor and she pointed out to me that to her they looked like canine teeth not lion teeth. I was interested to see if anyone else noticed something similar. According to my girl friend the teeth are canines because the two upper cuspid and the lower ones are to to short and closer to the other teeth., and that the other teeth are flat and underneath those flat teeth is hair because of the different angles.

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Thanks for the youtube clip Karposh very interesting.
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