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Stele fragment

The basalt stele fragment shows the feet and the hem of the dress of a seated female on the left holding an instrument. In front of her a table with food and a duck on it. On the right side is a smaller male figure holding a cup and a palm leave. Below this scene is a horse lead by a spear carrying male figure. The stele was reportedly found in a secondary context in a house in the city of Maraş. In 1883 it was acquired by Rev. Henry Marden of the American mission in 1883 in Maraş and in 1891 it was given to New York Metropolitan Museum. Its dimensions are approximately 0.9 meters by 0.44 meters and it is roughly dated to the 9th century BCE. Currently on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

T. Bilgin, 2010

Literature:
Orthmann, W. Untersuchungen zur späthethitischen Kunst, Bonn, 1971. (Maraş B/15)

Image sources:
Tayfun Bilgin, 2010.