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Title: Some Remarks on the Dating of the Andaval Stela
Subtitle: Palaeographic and Iconographic Analysis
Author(s): BALATTI, Silvia
Journal: Anatolica
Volume: 38    Date: 2012   
Pages: 149-168
DOI: 10.2143/ANA.38.0.2186352

Abstract :
The ANDAVAL stela represents one of the typical Neo-Hittite monuments in which hieroglyphic writing signs and iconographic elements complement each other. Since its rediscovery on June 25th 1890, many scholars have dealt with either the bas-relief of the male head or the Luwian hieroglyphic inscription, both depicted on the ANDAVAL lithic surface. The aim of this paper is to show how only a complete analysis of iconography, palaeography and content may suggest a plausible dating hypothesis for the monument. Such an all-accomplished investigation implies comparative studies especially among the Neo-Hittite monuments coming from Tuwana, Southern Cappadocia which are datable to the 8th century B.C. According to its 'archaic' iconographic and palaeographic characteristics, the ANDAVAL stela may have been one of the first monuments realized in the Neo-Hittite kingdom of Tuwana. A dating of the piece to the 9th-very early 8th century B.C. is highly probable.

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