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Aydınkaya

The basalt Neo-Hittite style stele was found in 1995 during construction work in the Aydınkaya village of the Oğuzeli township of Gaziantep. It is 105 cm in height, 54 cm in width and 35 cm in thickness. It depicts a Storm god figure holding a symbolic bolt of lightning in his left hand and probably a mace in his right hand. He wears a conical hat with horns. On account of stylistic features it has been dated to the 10th to 9th century BCE. The stele is on display in the Gaziantep Archaeology Museum.


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Aydınkaya stele - B. Bilgin, 2009 Aydınkaya stele - T. Bilgin, 2019


Literature:
Balcıoğlu, B. "Gaziantep Arkeoloji Müzesindeki Bazı Geç Hitit Stelleri Hakkında," Anadolu Medeniyetleri Müzesi 1997 Yıllığı, 1998: 94–102 (I a).
Öğüt, B. "Eine Sturmgott-Stele aus Aydınkaya / Gaziantep," FsRoaf, 2012: 425–39.
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Image sources:
Bora Bilgin, 2009.
Tayfun Bilgin, 2019.