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Stag Hunt Orthostat

This limestone relief is about 42 cm by 77 cm and shows a stag hunt scene with a hieroglyphic Luwian inscription above it. Unprovenanced item was acquired by Louvre in 1891, but its similarity to other orthostats suggests Arslantepe origin. Hawkins reads the inscription as: "These shootings (are) of Mariti, Suwarimi's son, ...(?)". Both persons might be the rulers of Malatya, but they are not encountered in other sources. On stylistic grounds in may be dated to the 11th-10th centuries. Currently in Musée du Louvre, Paris.