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Statue of Asatiwasu

The basalt block is the lower half of a male statue with a long garment. It was found in 1985 during the demolishment of an old house by the south side of the Maraş citadel among the foundation blocks. The fragment is about 0.5 meter high and 0.25 meter wide on each side. A five line Luwian inscription covers the three sides excluding the back. The author is Asatiwasu, an official of a ruler, whose name is lost in the break. It is a building inscription with the dedication of the author's own statue. Stylistical and linguistic clues suggest a date around 800 BCE, and if so, the lost name of the ruler might be Halparuntiya III. The statue is on display in the Kahramanmaraş Museum.

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D. Levi, 2015 B. Bilgin, 2015 B. Bilgin, 2015 B. Bilgin, 2015 J. D. Hawkins, 2000

Literature:
Hawkins, J. D. Corpus of Hieroglyphic Luwian Inscriptions, Vol 1, Berlin: de Gruyter, 2000: 265-67 and plts. 114-15 (with M. Kalaç). (MARAŞ 14)
Kalaç, M. "Kahramanmaraş (14) (Hiyeroglifli bir Heykel Parçası)," CRRAI 34, 1998: 281-84 and plts. 65-69.

Image sources:
Bora Bilgin, 2015.
Daniel Levi, 2015.
J. David Hawkins, 2000.