Hittite Basalt Stela Showing Goddess Kubaba

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 07 September 2016

The upper part is a freestanding basalt monument depicting the goddess Kubaba, consort of the storm god Teshub, and one of the most important deities at Carchemish. She holds a mirror and pomegranate, symbols of magic and fertility. Neo-Hittite, 9th century BCE. From Birecik, near Carchemish.

The lower part is a basalt stela's base with Luwian hieroglyphic inscriptions. On the right side of the base is the name of an official. He claims, in the main inscription, that "No-one used to fill [the goddess] Kubaba's granary but she made house-lord and I filled it with cereal and wine". On the left side is a sun symbol. Luwian, a language related to Hittite, was used in the Neo-Hittite regions of Syria in the 1st millennium BCE. Neo-Hittite, 9th century BCE. From Yusuf Beg, near Carchemish. (The British Museum, London).



About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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