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Kayalıpınar Relief

It was found in 2005 during the excavations of the Hittite settlement in Kayalıpınar village of Yıldızeli, Sivas. The settlement has been identified as the Hittite city Samuha. The white limestone block is about 1.2 meters high and 1 meter wide, and it depicts a seated deity with a cone shaped head piece, holding a drinking cup in one hand and a bird in the other. Only the tail of the bird is visible and the rest is damaged. The legs of the chair are shaped like lion paws. On the damaged right side, the feet of a second person is visible in front of the seated figure. Similar scenes are known from other Hittite reliefs and seals. The relief is suggested to be dated to early 13th century BCE or earlier. The block has been moved to Sivas Museum. A replica has been placed in the original site.



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A. Müller-Karpe, 2005 E. Çetindağ Kayalıpınar Kazı Arşivi, 2005 T. Bilgin, 2017



Literature:
Müller-Karpe, A. "Recent Research on Hittite Archaeology in the 'Upper Land'," StAs 5, 2009:109–17 (114, Plate XII).
Müller-Karpe, A. “Untersuchungen in Kayalıpınar 2005,” MDOG 138, 2006: 216–21.

Image sources:
Andreas Müller-Karpe, 2005.
Kayalıpınar Excavation Archive, 2005. Erdal Çetindağ - Sivas Arkeoloji Bürosu.
Tayfun Bilgin, 2017.