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Funerary Stele

The basalt stele with a missing top section shows a typical dining scene encountered in many other steles from the Maraş region. Between the male and female couple is a folding table with a duck on it. Below the scene is an equid. It was dug up in 1963 in a garden in the Yörükselim district of the city of Kahramanmaraş. The existing piece is roughly 0.9 meter high and 0.9 meter wide. A few partially visible hieroglyphic sings above the face of the male figure on the left is the end of an inscription which must have identified the owner. Stylistically it has been dated to around 950-850 BCE. The stele is currently on display in the Kahramanmaraş Museum.

B. Bilgin, 2015


Literature:
Bonatz, D. Syro-hethitische Grabdenkmal, Mainz: Zabern, 2000. (C 27)
Hawkins, J. D. Corpus of Hieroglyphic Luwian Inscriptions, Vol 1, Berlin: de Gruyter, 2000: 275 and plt. 125. (MARAŞ 12)
Kalaç, M. "Eine Wettergott-Stele und drei Reliefs im Museum zu Maraş," JEOL 18, 1964: 281-83 and plts. VII-X.
Orthmann, W. Untersuchungen zur späthethitischen Kunst, Bonn, 1971. (Maraş A/2)

Image sources:
Bora Bilgin, 2015.