The Aramaic king Barrakib is approached by his scribe, in this 3.5-foot-high, eighth-century B.C. orthostat from a palace doorway at Zincirli, ancient Sam’al in south-central Turkey. Above the figures are a symbol of the moon god and an inscription in Aramaic. The scribe holds a box with writing tools in his hand and a hinged writing board under his arm.