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Storm God Stele

The Storm god stele made of basalt was transfered in 1908 to Istanbul Museum from Maraş where it used to stand in front of a house. Although the top section is missing it is clear that the Storm God is depicted in a typical pose with a raised right arm, possibly holding a weapon. The surviving part is about 0.42 meters high and 0.31 meters wide. A hieroglyphic inscription is scattered in the background and does not follow straigth lines. It refers to dedication of sheep and oxen, presumably as offerings to this Storm God stele. The narrow extension at the bottom of the stele indicates that it used to be seated on a base. Stele is in Istanbul Archaeology Museum, but not on display.

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S. Przeworski, 1936 J. D. Hawkins, 2000

Literature:
Hawkins, J. D. Corpus of Hieroglyphic Luwian Inscriptions, Vol 1, Berlin: de Gruyter, 2000: 269-70 and plts. 118-19. (MARAŞ 5)
Orthmann, W. Untersuchungen zur späthethitischen Kunst, Bonn, 1971. (Maraş B/4)

Image sources:
Stefan Przeworski, Syria 17, 1936
J. David Hawkins, 2000.