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Inscribed Orthostat (GELB)

The inscribed basalt orthostat is only known from the photographs of Ignace Gelb and consequently the inscription has been labeled as GELB in the literature. There is no information about its discovery and current whereabouts. The orthostat was preserved in its original height but broken on the left side. The front face has a 4-line Hieroglyphic Luwian inscription and the right side has a small section of an apparently separate 3-line inscription. It must have been part of a bigger inscription that continues on other orthostats. It is a royal inscription that mentions gods, succession, destruction, but otherwise the content is unclear. Stylistically it has been associated with the Karkamış inscriptions of the 8th century BCE.

GELB - J. D. Hawkins, 2000

Hawkins, J. D. Corpus of Hieroglyphic Luwian Inscriptions, Vol 1, Berlin, 2000: 567–68 and plt. 326. (GELB).

Image sources:
J. David Hawkins, 2000.