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The stele with Storm-God relief was found in 1975 lying face down in front of the threshold of a mosque (Dışarı Camii) in Niğde, being used as a step. Storm-God Tarhunza is shown holding a double-axe and trident thunderbolt. Behind him is a vine with grapes and in front of him stems of barley. On the side of the stele is a 4-line Hieroglyphic Luwian inscription: "This Tarhunza Muwaharani [ma]de(?), the Hero, the King loved by Tarhunza (and) the gods, the son of Warpalawa the Ruler, the Hero" (Hawkins). Tuwana King Warpalawa is also known from İvriz, Bor and Bulgarmaden monuments. Muwaharani being his son, the stele is dated to the end of the 8th or beginning of the 7th century BCE. It is currently in the Niğde Museum.

The round stone base was excavated from the foundations of a house in Niğde in 1906. The short Hieroglyphic Luwian inscription on it says: "This stone Saruwani made (as) his statue" (Hawkins). It is possible that this was a base for a statue. Saruwani was a ruler of Nahitiya (Niğde) and he is also the author of Andaval. It is dated to the early 8th century BCE and currently in the Istanbul Ancient Orient Museum.


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B. Bilgin, 2008 B. Bilgin, 2008 B. Bilgin, 2017 J. D. Hawkins J. D. Hawkins
T. Bilgin, 2012 T. Bilgin, 2012



Literature:
Hawkins, J. D. Corpus of Hieroglyphic Luwian Inscriptions, Vol 1, Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2000: 513-14, 526-27 and plts. 290, 301.
Kalaç M., "Niğde'de Bulunan Bir Havatanrısı Steli [A Stele of the Storm God at Niğde]," VIII. TTKongr. 1981: 239-43.

Image sources:
Bora Bilgin, 2008, 2017.
Tayfun Bilgin, 2012.
J. David Hawkins, 2000.