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Keben Relief

The relief is carved on the rock cliffs near the Keben village, 27 km to the town of Silifke. It is about 1 by 1.5 meters in size and about 4 meters above the ground. It displays a standing woman from profile with extended arms, wearing a flat headpiece and a long robe that covers her back down to heels but open in front. Lack of an inscription has caused an argument in detemining the time of the relief. Flat polos and long robe is similar to Neo-Hittite style which causes some scholars date the relief into that period in Early Iron Age. There are other arguments placing the relief to Late Iron Age.


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H. Ehringhaus E. Akurgal H. Ehringhaus H. Ehringhaus



Literature:
Ehringhaus H. "Das hethitische Felsrelief von Keben," Antike Welt 26, 1995: 215-19.
Kohlmeyer, K. "Felsbilder der hethitischen Großreichszeit", Acta Praehistorica et Archaeologica 15, 1983: 7-154 (102).
Taşyürek, A. "Silifke 'Keben' Hitit Kaya Kabartması - The Keben Hittite Rock Relief from Silifke," Türk Arkeoloji Dergisi 23, 1976: 97-102.

Image sources:
Horst Ehringhaus, 2005.
Ekrem Akurgal, The Hattian and Hittite Civilizations, Ankara: KTB. 2001.