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Stele of Karhuha and Kubaba

The basalt stele was illegally dug out in Arslantepe in 1942. It shows a god standing on a lion face to face with a goddess throned above a stag. There are inscriptions on the left and right side of the stele as well as below the lion. The inscription on the left side identifies the god as the Stag-God Karhuha and the one on the right identifies the goddess as Kubaba. The damaged inscription below the lion apparently gave the name of person erected the stele. It is 1.3 m in height and 0.9 m in width. On stylistic grounds the stele is dated to the 10th century BCE. Currently in the Anatolian Civilizations Museum, Ankara.

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Aro, S. "Art and Architecture," in The Luwians, ed. C. Melchert. Leiden: Brill, 2003: 321.
Hawkins, J. D. Corpus of Hieroglyphic Luwian Inscriptions, Vol 1, Berlin, 2000: 328–29 and plt. 164. (MALATYA 13)
Orthmann, W. Untersuchungen zur späthethitischen Kunst, Bonn, 1971. (Malatya B/4)
Vieyra, M. "Une stèle hittite de Malatya," CRAIBL 90, 1946: 130–35.
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Image sources:
Bora Bilgin, 2017
J. David Hawkins, 2000.