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Dülük Baba

The basalt stele fragment was found in 2011 during the surveys carried out by a team from Münster University within the ruins of a medieval monastary on the hill named Dülük Baba which located by the site of Helenistic-Roman period city of Doliche, today at the northern outskirts of the city of Gaziantep. The fragment measures about 40 cm in height, 29 cm in width, and 19 cm in thickness. Front side of has a partially visible female figure, holding a pomegranate in left hand and wearing a wide belt, possibly representing goddess Kubaba (see Birecik). The back side of the stele has a partial 2-line hieroglyphic Luwian text, which indicates that the stele might be a dedication to the deities by a person named Immramuwa(?) (L.463-BOS+MI). Both paleographically and stylistically the stele has been dated to the first half of the 9th century BCE. Currently in Gaziantep Museum.


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M. Blömer and W. Messerschmidt, 2014 Z. Simon, 2014 Z. Simon, 2014 Z. Simon, 2014 M. Poetto, 2016



Literature:
Blömer, M. and W. Messerschmidt. "Das Fragment einer syro-hethitischen Votivstele vom Dülük Baba Tepesi II: Die Ikonographie," in Engelbert Winter (ed.),
    Kult und Herrschaft am Euphrat. Dolichener und Kommagenische Forschungen VI. Asia Minor Studien 73. Bonn, 2014: 23–32 and plts. 7–8.
Poetto, M. "Yet again DINGIRSassa," NABU 2016-1: 35–40.
Simon, Z. "Das Fragment einer syro-hethitischen Votivstele vom Dülük Baba Tepesi I: Die Inschrift (DÜLÜK BABA TEPESİ 1)," in Engelbert Winter (ed.),
    Kult und Herrschaft am Euphrat. Dolichener und Kommagenische Forschungen VI. Asia Minor Studien 73. Bonn, 2014: 17–22 and plt. 7.

Image sources:
Michael Blömer and Wolfgang Messerschmidt, 2014.
Zsolt Simon, 2014.
Massimo Poetto, 2016.