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Keben Relief

The relief is carved on the rock cliffs near the Keben village, 27 km to the town of Silifke. It is about 1 by 1.5 meters in size and about 4 meters above the ground. It displays a standing woman from profile with extended arms, wearing a flat headpiece and a long robe that covers her back down to heels but open in front. Lack of an inscription causes difficulty in determinining the date of the relief. The flat polos and long robe are similar to Neo-Hittite style which causes some scholars to place it in the Early Iron Age, while some others suggest a date in the Late Iron Age.


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E. Anıl, 2019 T. Bilgin, 2019 T. Bilgin, 2019 T. Bilgin, 2019 E. Akurgal, 2001 T. Bilgin, 2019



Literature:
Ehringhaus, H. "Das hethitische Felsrelief von Keben," Antike Welt 26, 1995: 215–19.
Ehringhaus, H. "Götter, Herrscher, Inschriften. Die Felsreliefs der hethitischen Großreichszeit in der Türkei, Mainz, 2005: 112–18.
Kohlmeyer, K. "Felsbilder der hethitischen Großreichszeit," Acta Praehistorica et Archaeologica 15, 1983: 7–154 (102).
Taşyürek, A. "Silifke 'Keben' Hitit Kaya Kabartması - The Keben Hittite Rock Relief from Silifke," Türk Arkeoloji Dergisi 23, 1976: 97–102.

Image sources:
Tayfun Bilgin, 2019.
Ertuğrul Anıl, 2019.
Ekrem Akurgal, The Hattian and Hittite Civilizations, Ankara, 2001.