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orthostat

One of many large stone slabs, set as a revetment at the lower part of the cella in a classical temple, or at the base of a wall in the ancient architecture of Anatolia, northern Syria, and Assyria.
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Furthermore, the colour of the orthostats sometimes contrasts strongly with the floors of the chambers, where the latter are painted red (Cassen 2000: 455; Gavilan Ceballos & Vera-Rodriguez 2005).
Their orthostats and capping stones are occasionally visible, though not at their original place.
For instance, in analyzing the Humbabahead orthostats (here conflated into one) from Tell al Rimah through the formalist methodology of Alois Riegl, Steymans avoids engaging with the scholarship of David Oates, Marie-Therese Barrelet, Theresa Howard Carter, and others on the original context and function of these reliefs.
16) This verb is used of overturning orthostats (KARKAMIS Ala [section]4) and of disturbing a tomb (KULULU 2 [section]5a).
Loosely defined, they are a distinctive type of stone circle consisting of a ring of orthostats that tend to rise in height towards the southern arc where a horizontally laid stone (the recumbent) is found framed by two flanking stones.
In his provocative essay, Dentzer compares the sculpture of the Jebel al-'Arab, much of which decorated architecture or altars, to the sculpted orthostats of Hittite buildings.
The rest of the chapter exposes the various techniques used to analyse the composition of the stones that make up the orthostats of the dolmens and, above all, those used to analyse the pigments, binding materials and coatings which appear in the paintings (e.
Guterbock briefly discusses the acrobat scenes on the orthostats at Alaca and the bull-jumping scenes from Anatolia and Syria, before turning to KUB 25.
Each of these orthostats was founded in a pit supported by packing stones.
In a third stage, dated to 900-740, a walkway was added around the temple and decorative orthostats were added to the exterior.