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Inscribed Stele Base Fragment

The fragemnt has inscription on two sides adjoining at 90 degree angle, although the edge section is broken. The inscription on the side A makes a 90 degree turn and this alone would suggest that this side belongs to the top surface of the block. This is supported with the direction of the inscription on the side B and the presence of a blank band and the traces of an indentation at the upper edge of side A, which must have held a stele or statue. The city of Gurgum is mentioned in the inscription but otherwise too little is preserved to determine the context. A date in the late 9th century has been suggested. The fragment has a height of 29 cm on side A and 21 cm on side B, and its is about 28 cm in length. It was already reported by Puchstein in the possesion of Rev. Henry Marden of the American mission in Maras, through whom the piece came into the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1890.

Side A - NY MET J.D. Hawkins, 2000

Literature:
Hawkins, J. D. Corpus of Hieroglyphic Luwian Inscriptions, Vol 1, Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2000: 279-80 and plt. 130. (MARAŞ 7)

Image sources:
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
J. David Hawkins, 2000.