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Kayabaşı

The basalt block was found in the Kayabaşı village which is located about 20 km southwest of Islahiye in the Gaziantep province. It is decorated with reliefs on two sides. The front side shows a two-men chariot charging towards a lion, a typical hunting scene with similar examples in Neo-Hittite art (see Arslantepe, Karkamış, Yesemek, Tell Halaf, Sakçagözü). The left side of the block has the relief of a horse rider. The block is about 40 cm in height and measures 85 cm on the long side and 67 cm on the narrow side. Stylistically a date around 800 BCE has been suggested. It is currently on display in Gaziantep Archaeology Museum.


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Front view of Kayabaşı stele - photo by T. Bilgin, 2019



Literature:
Balcıoğlu, B. "Gaziantep Arkeoloji Müzesindeki Bazı Geç Hitit Stelleri Hakkında," Anadolu Medeniyetleri Müzesi 1997 Yıllığı, 1998: 94–102 (no. IV).

Image sources:
Tayfun Bilgin, 2019.