orthostate

orthostate

1. A stone taller than wide.
2. A stone in the lower course of a wall, higher than the regular blocks of the courses above, sometimes serving as a high base for a wall of sun-dried brick.
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It was carefully constructed of limestone, with well-dressed toichobate and orthostate courses, resting on a solid foundation of conglomerate blocks (Fig.
1) originally stood vertically on one of its narrow ends just like an architectural orthostate, an Archaic dedication type similar to examples from the Acropolis.
C48), a pillar base in the shape of an orthostate with a three-line vertical inscription on one of its narrow ends and a single bronze statuette originally attached to its top surface above the inscription.
"During the excavations, in the years 1911-13, 194 orthostates (an upright stone or slab) were discovered belonging to the Hittite civilization (circa 1400 B.C.)," she added.
Orthostates may also be read as a response to another work by the artist: Kopf Hoch!
An additional 73 of the original 194 orthostates -- stone reliefs from the temple's back wall -- are missing, destroyed or have disappeared.
Lining the exhibition wall, Tabet's "Orthostates" is a series of 28 paper rubbings from the reliefs -- now housed at the Pergamon and the MET in New York -- referencing the dispersal of these pieces.