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Two separate rectangulars block with hieroglyphic Luwian inscriptions are unprovenanced, but both are suspected to belong to Neo-Hittite kingdoms of central Anatolia of late 9th to 8th centuries BCE. İstanbul 1 has been known the early years of 20th century and came into Istanbul Museum from an antiqities dealer. It is the bottom part of a rectangular stele with a line of inscription surrounding all 4 sides, and measures about 39 cm in width, 25 cm in thickness, and the preserved section is 21 cm in height. İstanbul 2 is in the private Haluk Perk collection and has more damage. It is incribed on three sides but unclear whether the damaged fourth side also had an inscription or not. It is about 37 cm in width, 22 cm in thickness and the preserved section is 42 cm in height. Although in similar size, fragments must belong to different monuments.

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İSTANBUL 1 - J. D. Hawkins, 2000 (photo: I. J. Gelb) İSTANBUL 2 - İ. Taş, 2011 İSTANBUL 2 - İ. Taş, 2011 İSTANBUL 2 - İ. Taş, 2011

Hawkins, J. D. Corpus of Hieroglyphic Luwian Inscriptions, Vol 1, Berlin, 2000: 561–62 and plt. 319. (İSTANBUL 1)
Taş, İ. and M. Weeden. "ISTANBUL 2: a hieroglyphic fragment from Tabal in the Haluk Perk Collection," AnSt 61, 2011: 55–60.

Image sources:
J. David Hawkins, 2000 (photo: I. J. Gelb).
İlknur Taş, 2011.