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Statue of Storm God

Basalt statue is about 1.6m in height. The inscription at the hem of the seated figure's robe mentions the name Atrisuha which may mean "soul of Suhi" and represent the dead king Suhi I or II. It was located at the King's Gate in Karkamış. The base and statue were smashed during the years of First World War. The inscription is a curse against those who does not make offerings to the deity. Fragments of heavily damaged top section is currently at the museum depot in Ankara. Reign of Katuwas, 10th or early 9th century BCE. The base cane be seen in Anatolian Civilizations Museum, Ankara.

T. Bilgin, 2014 T. Bilgin, 2014


Literature:
Gilibert, A. Syro-Hittite monumental art and the archaeology of performance, Berlin, 2011. (Carchemish 63-64)
Hawkins, J. D. Corpus of Hieroglyphic Luwian Inscriptions, Vol 1, Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2000: 100-1 and plts. 12-13. (KARKAMIŠ A4d)
Orthmann, W. Untersuchungen zur späthethitischen Kunst, Bonn, 1971. (Karkemis H/11)

Image sources:
Leonard Woolley, Carchemish III, 1952. Tayfun Bilgin, 2014.