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Cekke

This is a basalt stele with a relief of Storm God standing on a bull, holding a trident thunderbolt. Stele has a Hieroglyphic Luwian inscriptions in the front and back, and it was found near the village of Cekke (Jekke), about 42 km. north of Aleppo. The inscription is about the foundation and settlement of the city of Kamana by Kamani the king of Kargamis and his vizier Sastura. It dates to the reign of Kamani in Karkamış, thus to the mid-8th century BCE. The stele is about 1.60 meter in height and currently in Aleppo Museum.


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Relief of Storm God


Literature:
Hawkins, J. D. Corpus of Hieroglyphic Luwian Inscriptions, Vol 1, Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2000: 38-71 and plts. 42-43.
Orthmann, W. Untersuchungen zur späthethitischen Kunst, Bonn, 1971. (Djekke 1)
Payne, A. Iron Age Hieroglyphic Luwian Inscriptions, Atlanta: SBL, 2012: 76-81.

Image sources:
John David Hawkins, 2000.