Examples of Offering Plaques from Giyimli (Hırkanis)
Orhan Aytuğ Taşyürek
Keywords: Van, Giyimli Village, Hırkanis, Serbartepe, Votive Plates, Urartu
Ten kilometres west of the town of Gürpınar in the County of Van and about 250 metres south west of Giyimli (Hırkanıs) in the arca locally known as "Serbartepe", the local populace, while excavating rock for the construction of a mosque, discovered a large group of plaques of bronze with figures on them executed in relief. These were later dated to the Urartian period. A year later in the summer of 1972, a group under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Afif Erzen conducted an excavation in this area which brought to light much new information concerning the Giyimli Urartian bronze teasure. As far as has been ascertained, the Giyimli bronzes consist of about 2000 pieces, of which about 250 are in the Adana museum, and consist of offering plaques, pieces of belts and quivers, pendants and bridle head-pieces. 150 or so more pieces are collected in the Van Regional Museum, the Ankara Museum of Anatolian Civilisations, the İstanbul Archaelogy Museum, and in the Konya, Karaman, Gaziantep and Kahraman Maraş Museums, and it is known that an even greater number of these pieces has been taken abroad. For example, it is very possible that the Urartian hieroglyphic offering plaque in the Budin collection is of Giyimli origin.