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Stele

The basalt stele shows a seated woman holding a mirror in her right hand and a lyre in her out-streched left hand, with a bird perched on the lyre. There is a smaller female, perhaps a child, on her lap. The stele is 56 cm high and 50 cm wide. Stylistically it may date to around 950-875 BCE. There is no information about the find place but the stele must have been found in the city of Maraş. In the 1880s it came into the possession of the American mission in Maraş. In 1891 it was acquired by the New York Metropolitan Museum from Rev. William H. Ward.


J. H. Haynes, 1884 V. R. Hermann, 2014 (NY MMA)


Literature:
Bonatz, D. Syro-hethitische Grabdenkmal, Mainz, 2000. (C 64)
Hermann, V. R. and D. Schloen (eds.), In Remembrance of Me: Feasting with the Dead in Ancient Middle East, OIMP 37, Chicago, 2014 (Catalog no. 13, 122–23).
Orthmann, W. Untersuchungen zur späthethitischen Kunst, Bonn, 1971. (Maraş B/19)


Image sources:
John Henry Haynes, 1884, Photographs of Asia Minor (#4776), Cornell University.
Virginia R. Hermann, 2014, p. 122.