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Stele of Larama I

This basalt stele was first noted by Otto Puchstein in 1882 in a modern day cemetary in Maraş and later in the same year in the possession of Rev. Henry Marden of the American mission in Maraş, through whom the stele must have come into the possession of NY Metropolitan Museum by 1890. It is about 1.10 m in height and 0.56 m in width. The relief is that of the ruler of Late Hittite kingdom of Gurgum identified as Larama in the inscription. Atypically the 7-line hieroglyphic Luwian inscription covers entire surface of the stele running over the figure excluding only the head and hands. Laramas identifies himself as the grandson of Astuwaramanza and son of Muwatalli who were presumably his predessors as rulers of Gurgum. The text is about the rebuilding activities of Larama after the city of Gurgum had suffered some destruction. Stele is approximately dated to the 10th century BCE and is currently in Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

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T. Bilgin, 2010 T. Bilgin, 2010 T. Bilgin, 2010 J. D. Hawkins, 2000

Literature:
Hawkins, J. D. Corpus of Hieroglyphic Luwian Inscriptions, Vol 1, Berlin: de Gruyter, 2000: 252-55 and plts. 106-7. (MARAŞ 8)
Orthmann, W. Untersuchungen zur späthethitischen Kunst, Bonn, 1971. (Maraş B/16)

Image sources:
Tayfun Bilgin, 2010.
J. David Hawkins, 2000.