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Several of the Carchemish figures (pl. , pl.  207–215, 275–278.  15–43.  50.  58, 110.  59, 202.  His mace tends to make him into a god of the thunder on mount Tudhaliya.  XLVIc).  225–248.  XLVId).  This time she rides, and holds by a rein, a sphinx that is itself divine: it has the horned pointed crown of divinity on its human head and, in addition, a lioness' head grows out of its chest.  In the present instance we see the hunting god with his falcon, shouldering a crook on one face, a bow on the other.

Page 23 100 be compared to the caps worn by Neo­Sumerian and Old­Babylonian royalty.  The moon crescent is placed across his pointed cap and wings grow out of his shoulders.  XXIXb have been recarved after damage to an original that may, however, been similar to the surviving relief.  At most they describe a double curve, with the front part blown back horizontally before falling down, perhaps implying movement through the sky (pls.  XXIXc imply the swift movement of winged Sauska when she intervenes on the battlefield.

155–164.  5. C.  Here it is not militance and dignity, it is subservience and dignity between which the sculptor must strike a balance.  Certainly the Hurrian­inspired supreme goddess of Yazilikaya is not the same we see disrobing and dispensing rain as consort of the thunder god on Old Anatolian seals.  The goddesses with turreted crowns that follow him and float above a double eagle are identified as Alanzu, daughter of Tesub and Hebat, and 'Tesub's granddaughter', whose Hurrian name is not known as yet.

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