In Turkic tribes, especially in Kara Koyunlu and Ak Koyunlu confederacies, sheep symbolized wealth, bravery and courage. Therefore, in the past such tombstones had been mainly erected to warriors, commanders and other dignified persons. Apparently, it’s for this very reason that human remains buried under such tombstones are often found with weapons.
One of such tombstones has been taken to the Museum from Mil-Garabagh region. The statue represents a sheep with damaged left side of the head and broken hind foot. The sheep has a robe around its’ neck. On each side of the statue there is a hunting scene depicting a man sitting on a horseback with arrows in his hand, as well as a deer, a goat, and other animals. On the back side of the sheep there are the words «Allah, Muhammad, Ali, Aghalar ...» written in the old alphabet. The statue is 48 cm high, 26 cm wide and 82 cm long. Presenting a valuable example of the stone-carving art of the period, the statue was made by a professional craftsman who skillfully used stone printing and carving techniques.