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Dokurcun

Accoring to the museum label the stele was found at Dokurcun locality in the Şahinbey township, about 20 km south of the city of Gaziantep. The basalt stele is 120 cm in heigh, 52 cm in width, and 30 cm in thickness. Balcıoğlu states the stele is a funerary stele of a male, but the cylindrical headdress (polos), horns, the veil that starts from the top of the polos and extends to heels (see Karkamış, Arslantepe) all suggest the relief is more likely to be a representation of Goddess Kubaba (see also Birecik). The eroded items in her hands might be a pomegranade and a mirror. Stylistically the stele may be dated to around 9th century BCE. The stele is currently on display in Gaziantep Archaeology Museum.


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Front view of Dokurcun stele - photo by T. Bilgin, 2019 Photo and a line drawing of the stele as published by B. Balcıoğlu in 2009



Literature:
Balcıoğlu, B. Gaziantep Arkeoloji Müzesi Geç Hitit Dönemi Taş Eserleri, Gaziantep, 2009: 17.

Image sources:
Tayfun Bilgin, 2019.
Burhan Balcıoğlu, 2009.