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The couple of steles with unknown provenance used to be in Adıyaman Public Library until 1970s until they were transferred to Adıyaman Museum.

The limestone stele fragment shows a Storm-God standing on a bull. Only the lower left quarter of the stele has survived. The present fragment is about 1 meter in height (including the tenon), with about 30 cm in width and 20 cm in thickness. The side and back of the stele has partially preserved 4 lines of hieroglyphic Luwian inscription about the dedication to the Storm God and protective curses against any damage. There is no information about its find place. Due to linguistic similarities to Boybeypınarı, a date at the end of 9th or early 8th century BCE is suggested.

The other stele, also made of limestone, is smaller in size with a height and width of 72 cm and 50 cm. It shows the Storm-God in a typical pose with an axe in his raised hand. With his short tunic, pointy shoes, and horned pointy hat he displays an older style and a date in the 10th century has been suggested. On the right side of the stele is a partially preserved 4-line Luwian inscription which is a dedication to the Storm-God and the signature of the scribe.


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ADIYAMAN 1
J.D. Hawkins, 2000 J.D. Hawkins, 2000
ADIYAMAN 2
C. Süer, 2011 J.D. Hawkins, 2000 (photo: F.K. Dörner) J.D. Hawkins, 2000



Literature:
Hawkins, J. D. Corpus of Hieroglyphic Luwian Inscriptions, Vol 1, Berlin, 2000: 344-45, 351-52 and plts. 169-70, 177-78. (ADIYAMAN 1-2)
Orthmann, W. Untersuchungen zur späthethitischen Kunst, Bonn, 1971. (Adıyaman 1-2)

Image sources:
J. David Hawkins, 2000.
Bora Bilgin, Cüneyt Süer, Ertuğrul Anıl, Ercüment Süer, 2011.