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Torbalı

This limestone block was discovered at the Karakuyu village of Torbali in Izmir 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 Luvian inscription, which mentions partially damaged names of Great King Tarkasnawa and Land of Mira according to Tekoglu. Tarkasnawa, King of Mira is a known vassal ruler of Mira from Hittite sources, who also has a well known monument in Karabel. Usage of Great King title complicates the matters, and may suggest a post Hittite Empire period dating. The stele is currently in Izmir Archeological Museum.


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photo: E. Ünlü photo: M. Gander photo: M. Gander photo: M. Gander Inscription on the side - Işık et al.



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.

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