Hedy Yehudaiov

The cornice on the ceiling of the royal burial cave at Van, in Urartu (modern Turkey), closely resembles decorations found at St. Étienne (see photographs of cornices from Cave Complex 1 and Cave Complex 2). Although much bigger than the St. Étienne tomb, the caves at Van date to the same period, the eighth century B.C., and follow the same basic plan of burial chambers leading off a central entrance chamber.