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Statue of a ruler

Basalt statue was found outside the souther wall of the Hilani building reused in a roman era wall. It is about 80 cm in height. Of the missing head only a piece of the beard falling on the chest is visible. There was a cuneiform inscription on the lower front of the garment and on the back, but it seems to have been deliberately effaced and all that remains are a few characters. This is also the only monumental cuneiform inscription found in Karkamis. A date in late 9th century BCE has been suggested. The statue is currently in Anatolian Civilizations Museum in Ankara.

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Orthmann, W. Untersuchungen zur späthethitischen Kunst, Bonn, 1971. (Karkemis K/23)
Gilibert, A. Syro-Hittite monumental art and the archaeology of performance, Berlin, 2011. (Carchemish 95)

Image sources:
Tayfun Bilgin, 2014.