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Fragment of an inscribed monument

The rectangular shaped basalt block must belong to the corner of a monument. In the early years of the 20th century the block used to be in the city of Gaziantep, although its original find place is not known. It is roughly 50 cm in height. On the right side is the hip and upper leg section of a Storm God relief and on the left surface that is perpendicular to this are the parts of 3 lines of a Hieroglyphic Luwian inscription. The second line may belong to a curse formula against destruction of the monument and the third line may be a statement by the engraving scribe. It has been dated to the 9th century BCE. Current whereabouts of the block is unknown.

The inscription and the relief - J. Garstand in 1908 Drawing of the inscription - J. D. Hawkins, 2000

Hawkins, J. D. Corpus of Hieroglyphic Luwian Inscriptions, Vol 1, Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2000: 563–64 and plt. 321.

Image sources:
John Garstang, AAA 1, 1908.
J. David Hawkins, 2000.