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Two basalt orthostats were found by Bedrich Hrozny in 1925 during his excavations in Kültepe. Reportedly they were not found in situ. Hittite name of Kültepe was Neša and is was certainly a very important settlement which yielded thousands of cuneiform tablets from Old Assyrian trade period (19th-18th centuries BCE). However the site was not settled by Hittites during the Empire period. Both orthostats date to Late Hittite period. Better preserved one is about 0.9 meters high and 0.7 meters 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. Second orthostat is only a bottom half which shows the legs of a male figure who wears pointy shoes. Both orthostats are in Kayseri museum, although the second one is not on display.

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T. Bilgin, 2006 C. Süer, 2011 B. Hrozny, 1927

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

Image sources:
Tayfun Bilgin, 2006.
Cüneyt Süer, 2011.
Bedrich Hrozny, Syria 8, 1927.