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Inscribed Bull Statue

The bull statue with a broken head was found in the city of Kahramanmaraş. The protrusions on the right side of the statue suggest that it may have been cut off from a double-bull statue base (see Karkamış, Arslan Tash, Kabahaydar).

In the 2-line Hiyeroglyphic Luwian inscription (MARAŞ 16) on the right side of the bull, the author is identified as Larama, the king of Gurgum. He gives his genealogy as the son of Hunita and the great grandson of Larama. Since the genealogy requires the author to be a different person than Larama I or Larama II, he is identified as Larama III. Hunita's name is not encountered elsewhere. The statue may date to the mid-8th century BCE and it is on display at Kahramanmaraş Museum.

B. Bilgin, 2015 T. Bilgin, 2018 T. Bilgin, 2018 Yazıtın çizimi - H. Peker, 2022

Literature:
Peker, H. "A Bull Statue with Hieroglyphic Luwian Inscription (MARAŞ 16) in Kahramanmaraş Museum and the Chronology of the Late Hittite Kingdom of Gurgum," Gephyra 24, 2022: 1–10.

Image sources:
Bora Bilgin, 2015.
Tayfun Bilgin, 2018.
Hasan Peker, 2022.