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Funerary Stele of Tarhupiya

The reddish basalt stele shows a seated women with a boy standing on her knees. He is holding a stylus in the right hand and a bird tied to a cord in the left hand. Right below the bird is shown a writing board. The short Hieroglyphic inscription above him only gives the name Tarhupiya and it seems to have been inscribed at a later date since the surface is deeper around the inscription. Stele is about 0.8 meter high and 0.28 meter wide, with a depth of 0.16 meter. It has been acquired by the Louvre Museum from the antiquities market and its original find place is unknown. Nevertheless the stylistic similarities suggest that it must have come from the vicinity of Kahramanmaraş. Stylistically it is dated to the second half of the 8th century BCE.

RMN / Franck Raux, 2000 J. D. Hawkins, 2000

Bonatz, D. Syro-hethitische Grabdenkmal, Mainz, 2000. (C 65)
Hawkins, J. D. Corpus of Hieroglyphic Luwian Inscriptions, Vol 1, Berlin, 2000: 274–75 and plt. 125. (MARAŞ 9)
Orthmann, W. Untersuchungen zur späthethitischen Kunst, Bonn, 1971. (Maraş D/4)

Image sources:; RMN / Franck Raux, 2000.
J. David Hawkins, 2000.