Main Page - Arslantepe Page

Stag Hunt Orthostat

The limestone relief shows a stag hunt scene with a Hieroglyphic Luwian inscription above it. The unprovenanced item was acquired by the Louvre Museum in 1891, but its similarity to other orthostats suggests Arslantepe origin. Hawkins reads the inscription as: "These shootings (are) of Maritis, Suwarimis's son, ...(?)". Both persons might be the rulers of Malatya, but they are not encountered in other sources. On stylistic grounds, it may be dated to the 11th-10th century BCE. The orthostat is 0.42 m in height, 0.77 m in length and 0.16 m in thickness. Currently in the Louvre Museum, Paris.

Museé du Louvre, 1985 J. D. Hawkins, 2000

Hawkins, J. D. Corpus of Hieroglyphic Luwian Inscriptions, Vol 1, Berlin, 2000: 321–22 and plt. 156. (MALATYA 3)
Orthmann, W. Untersuchungen zur späthethitischen Kunst, Bonn, 1971. (Malatya B/2)

Image sources:
Museé du Louvre, 1985 RMN / Pierre et Maurice Chuzeville.
Hawkins, 2000: plt. 156.