Sword-God

Hittite relief referred to in the literature as Sword-God from the open-air rock shrine at Yazılıkaya in Central Anatolia, central sanctuary of the Hittite empire (13th century BC).

The relief suggests both a human-like figure and a sword grip or hilt. The subject is uncertain.

It is the only Hittite sculpture I know of that implements split representation. In split representation the subject of depiction is composed of two identical halves along a vertical axis.

Can a pictorial style alone reveal anything about the possible effects such an image was intended to have? The subject of my paper in progress (#1).