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Stele fragment

The basalt stele shows two figures on the sides of a table. The male figure on the left is carrying a bow on his shoulder and holding a bird in his extended left hand. The female figure on the right is seated and holding a mirror or a spindle in her hand. Due to erosion the details of the figures are not visible. It was found used as building material in the minaret of a mosque in the city of Maraş. The fragment is about 84 cm high and 79 cm wide. A date around 950-850 BCE has been suggested. Currently in the inventory of the Adana Museum.

S. Przeworski, 1936 Drawing of the stele - K. Humann & O. Puchstein, 1890

Literature:
Bonatz, D. Syro-hethitische Grabdenkmal, Mainz: Zabern, 2000. (C 55)
Humann, K. & O. Puchstein, Reisen in Kleinasien und Nordsyrien, Berlin, 1890: 200–1, 387–88 and plate XLVII-3.
Orthmann, W. Untersuchungen zur späthethitischen Kunst, Bonn, 1971. (Maraş B/12)

Image sources:
Stefan Przeworski, Syria 17, 1936.
Karl Humann & Otto Puchstein, 1890.