The basalt stele shows the goddess Kubaba standing below a winged sun-disk and holding a mirror in her right hand and a pomegranate in her left hand. Kubaba was the protective deity of the city of Karkamış. The stele without the base is about 1.25 meters high (including the tenon) and 48 cm wide. It was already in the citadel of Birecik in the mid-18th century, although according to the locals it had originated from the city of Manbij in Syria, which is located about 40 km south of Karkamış.
According to the reports of Wooley, the base piece was found by T. E. Lawrence in the early 1910s in the village of Yusuf Beg, about 7 km southwest of the city of Karkamış. Also made of basalt, it is 42 cm high, 81 cm wide, and has a depth of 33 cm. The 2-line Luwian inscription is a dedication of a granary to the goddess Kubaba by an official, whose name and title is inscribed on the right side of the base.
There is not any information about how the pieces entered into the collection of the British Museum and it is unclear when and how it was decided to combine the two pieces, but the mortise hole at the top of the base is apparently a match for the tenon of the stele. This must have been supported by the reasonably close proximity of their find spots and the matching theme of Kubaba on both pieces. The stele and the base may be dated to the 10th to 9th century BCE. They are currently in the British Museum.
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Hawkins, J. D. Corpus of Hieroglyphic Luwian Inscriptions, Vol 1, Berlin, 2000: 177-78 and plt. 61. (KARKAMI A30h)
Orthmann, W. Untersuchungen zur späthethitischen Kunst, Bonn, 1971. (Birecik 1)
J. David Hawkins, 2000.