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Cekke

This is a basalt stele with a relief of Storm God standing on a bull, holding a trident thunderbolt. Stele has a Hieroglyphic Luwian inscription in the front and back, and it was found near the village of Cekke (Jekke), about 42 km. north of Aleppo. The inscription is about the foundation and settlement of the city of Kamana by Kamani the king of Karkamis and his vizier Sastura. It dates to the reign of Kamani in Karkamış, thus to the mid-8th century BCE. The stele is about 1.60 meter in height and currently in Aleppo Museum.


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Storm God Stele from Cekke - J. D. Hawkins, 2000 Copy of the Cekke inscription - J. D. Hawkins, 2000


Literature:
Genge, H. Nordsyrisch-südanatolische Reliefs, Kobenhavn, 1979: 157-59 and plt. 19.
Hawkins, J. D. Corpus of Hieroglyphic Luwian Inscriptions, Vol 1, Berlin, 2000: 143–51 and plts. 42–43.
Orthmann, W. Untersuchungen zur späthethitischen Kunst, Bonn, 1971. (Djekke 1)
Payne, A. Iron Age Hieroglyphic Luwian Inscriptions, Atlanta, 2012: 76–81.
Peker, H. Anadolu Hiyeroglif Yazılı Belgeler 1: Geç Hitit Karkamış Krallığı Yazıtları, Bologna, 2022: 70–77.

Image sources:
J. David Hawkins, 2000.