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Barrakib and the scribe

The orthostat shows Barrakib, the ruler or Sam'al, sitting on his throne. The official in front of him is a scribe identified with the writing board he is holding under his arm and possibly other writing utensils in his hand. The Aramaic inscription at top left is "I am Barrakib, son of Panamuwa." On the right side of the moon-disk is "My lord, Ba'al of Harran," which refers to the moon-god of the city of Harran. The basalt orthostat is 1.13 m high and 1.15 m wide. It was found in situ at the right flank of the entrance of Hilani IV and dated to around 730 BCE. Currently in the Vorderasiatisches Museum in Berlin.

T. Bilgin, 2010

Image sources:
Tayfun Bilgin, 2010.