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A large basalt block displays a typical Storm-God figure in with raised arms holding an axe and a trident shaped thunder symbol. The block is 1.4 m in height, 1 m in width and has a depth of 67 cm. Although the beard of the god and decorated edges of the kilt display Assyrian influence, most other features of the relief are in Neo-Hittite style. The axe of the god extending into the frame of the block is a unique feature. It has been found near the Gözlühöyük village, located to the southeast of Nurdağı town in the Gaziantep province. Stylistically dated to the second half of the 8th century BCE.

Another find from Gözlühöyük is a fragmented basalt stele that displays a typical dining scene. Husband, wife and a child are depicted around a table. The floral motifs are unique for this type of funerary steles (see Maraş) and perhaps signify something about the occupation of the family. It has been dated to the late 8th or early 7th centuries BCE. Both steles are on display in Gaziantep Museum.

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B. Bilgin, 2009 B. Bilgin, 2009 F. Anıl, 2018

Image sources:
Bora Bilgin, 2009
Figen Anıl, 2018.