Hittite Basalt Stela Showing Goddess Kubaba



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).

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