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Stele and Relief of Tudhaliya (BOĞAZKÖY 19)

The limestone stele is about 90 cm high and 80 cm wide. It was excavated in 1985 within the ruins of Temple 5 in the Upper Town. It shows the relief of a male figure holding a spear and the signs above his extended left arm identifies him as Great King Tudhaliya. The horns on the head piece suggests that this is a deified deceased king. This may be yet another stele of Tudhaliya IV, but since the epigraph is not in the shape of the usual aedicula of Tudhaliya IV (see BOĞAZKÖY 3, BOĞAZKÖY 18, Yazılıkaya), this might be the representation of an ancestral king, perhaps Tudhaliya I. Stele is displayed in Boğazkale Museum.

BOĞAZKÖY 19 - T. Bilgin, 2014

Image sources:
Tayfun Bilgin, 2014.