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Orthostat fragment with an inscription

The orthostat fragment was found a few meters south of the temple during excavations for the foundation of a (never-completed) roof structure to protect the temple. The basalt fragment is 45 cm high, 84 cm wide and 27 cm thick. It shows the round capped head of a male figure with an earring, which is very much reminiscent of the Empire period depictions of Hittite royalty (e.g. Alacahöyük, Sirkeli, Tell Atchana, Yazılıkaya). His flaked off hand is raised towards his face. The marks on the right side of the fragment are probably the remnants of some Hieroglyphic Luwian characters, but due to damage they are not in readable condition. The orthostat fragment probably dates to an early phase of the temple, sometime in the 13th century BCE. It is currently in the Aleppo Museum.

B. Claasz Coockson, 1992. A. Abu Assaf, 1996.

Image sources:
Ben Claasz Coockson, 1992.
Alī Abū ʿAssāf, 1996.