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Funerary stele of a wine merchant and wife

The Late Hittite style basalt stele dates to around 875-800 BCE. It has been found in the Yörükselim district of the city of Kahramanmaraş. It shows Aramaean influence. Stele is about 1 meter in height and 56 cm in width. The bunch of grapes held by the husband may symbolize his occupation as a wine merchant. The stele is on display in the Adana Museum.


T. Bilgin, 2017


Literature:
Bonatz, D. Syro-hethitische Grabdenkmal, Mainz, 2000. (C 29)
Orthmann, W. Untersuchungen zur späthethitischen Kunst, Bonn, 1971. (Maraş A/1)


Image sources:
Tayfun Bilgin, 2017.