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Orthostat with a horse rider relief

The basalt (dolerite) stele was found in 1888 on the western slope of the Zincirli mound as used in the wall of a house that was built a few years earlier. It is about 120 cm high, 70 cm wide and 12 cm thick. It bears the relief of a horse rider with a round cap. It is believed to have originated from the inner side of the Southern City Gate where similar size steles including another horse rider were found. It is currently in the Vorderasiatisches Museum in Berlin.

Frontal image of the horse rider stele as it was found built into a wall - photo from the publication of W. H. Ward, 1887 Frontal image of the horse rider stele from Vorderasiatisches Museum, Berlin - Photo by Olaf M. Teßmer

Literature:
Gilibert, A. Syro-Hittite monumental art and the archaeology of performance, Berlin, 2011 (Zincirli 11).
Orthmann, W. Untersuchungen zur späthethitischen Kunst, Bonn, 1971 (Zincirli K/4).
von Luschan, F. Ausgrabungen in Sendschirli, vol. III. Berlin, 1902: 202–6.

Image sources:
William H. Ward, AJA 3, 1887.
Vorderasiatisches Museum, Berlin, Olaf M. Teßmer.