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Statue of Storm God

This basalt statue is about 1.6 m in height. It was located at the King's Gate in Karkamış. The base and the statue were smashed by looters during the First World War. The inscription at the bottom part of the statue is a curse against those who do not make offerings to the god. Fragments of the heavily damaged top section is currently in the museum depot in Ankara. The head of one of the lions (shown below) is in British Museum. It may date to the reign of Katuwa, 10th or early 9th century BCE. The base can be seen in Anatolian Civilizations Museum, Ankara.