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Torbalı

This limestone block was discovered at the Karakuyu village of Torbalı in İzmir province in 2007. It depicts the relief of a male figure holding a spear and carrying a bow but the surving piece shows only a part of the lower body of the figure. Dimentions of the block is about 1.3 meter in height and 1 meter in width although originnal must have been at least twice the current size. The right side of the block also has a rather damaged remains of a Luwian inscription, reading of which remains under discussion. The stele is currently in İzmir Archeological Museum.


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photo: E. Ünlü, 2009 photo: M. Gander, 2012 photo: M. Gander, 2012 photo: M. Gander, 2012 Inscription - Işık et al, 2011 Inscription - R. Oreshko, 2013


Literature:
Işık, F., M. Atıcı and R. Tekoğlu, "Die Nachhethitische Königsstele von Karakuyu beim Karabel-Pass," in E. Schwertheim (ed.),
      Studien zum antiken Kleinasien VII 2011: 1–33, Tables 1–11.
Oreshko, R. "Hieroglyphic Inscriptions of Western Anatolia," in Luwian Identities (CHANE 64), 2013: 345–420 (373–86).

Image sources:
Evren Ünlü, 2009.
Max Gander, 2012.
Işık et al. 2011.
Rostislav Oreshko, 2013.