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Çiftlik

This is a roughly hemicylindrical block with a flat front. It was found in 1933 in a house in the Çiftlikköy (now Ovaçiftlikköy) village of Yeşilhisar district in Kayseri province. Block is 71 cm tall and 43 cm wide. Flat front side has a relief of a male figure with a badly damaged head. The inscription on the front side surrounding the relief are also in bad shape, but the eight-line Luwian inscription on the rounded back side is almost fully preserved. It is written by a “servant” of Tuwati (see also Kululu ), who makes dedications to Tarhunza, Hepat, and other gods for some buildings. The “servant” may imply that he is a local administrator under Tuwati. It has been dated to mid 8th century BCE and currently in Kayseri Museum.


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Çiftlik stele front side - E. Anıl, 2011 Çiftlik stele back side - T. Bilgin, 2006 Çiftlik stele - T. Bilgin, 2006 Çiftlik stele - E. Anıl, 2020 Çiftlik stele back side line drawing - I. Gelb, 1939 Çiftlik stele front side line drawing  - I. Gelb, 1939
Çiftlik stele - J. D. Hawkins, 2000 - photo: I. Gelb Çiftlik stele line drawing - J. D. Hawkins, 2000


Literature:
Hawkins, J. D. Corpus of Hieroglyphic Luwian Inscriptions, Vol 1, Berlin, 2000: 448-51 and plts. 248-49.

Image sources:
Tayfun Bilgin, 2006.
Ertuğrul Anıl, 2011, 2020.
Ignace J. Gelb. 1939. Hittite Hieroglyphic Monuments (OIP 45), Chicago.
J. David Hawkins, 2000.