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Kültepe

Two basalt orthostats were found by Bedřich Hrozný in 1925 during his excavations in Kültepe. Reportedly they were not found in situ. Hittite name of Kültepe was Neša. Thousands of cuneiform tablets from the Old Assyrian trade period (19th-18th centuries BCE) were found in excavations. However, the site was not settled by Hittites during the Empire period. Both of the orthostats date to the Late Hittite period. Better preserved one is about 0.9 meter high and 0.7 meter wide. It shows the Storm God holding a long spear on the right hand (cf. Zincirli) and a bird and hare (by the hind feet) on the left hand. The second orthostat is only a bottom half which shows the legs of a male figure who wears pointy shoes. Both orthostats are in the Kayseri Museum, although the second one is not on display.


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T. Bilgin, 2006 E. Anıl, 2020 B. Hrozný, 1927



Literature:
Orthmann, W. Untersuchungen zur späthethitischen Kunst, Bonn, 1971: 113-15, 145, 260-61, 518-19; Taf. 38.

Image sources:
Tayfun Bilgin, 2006.
Ertugrul Anıl, 2020.
Bedřich Hrozný, Syria 8, 1927.