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Taq wa San or Taq-e Bostan - iran تاق‌بستان is a site with a series of large rock relief from the era of Sassanid Empire of Persia, the Iranian dynasty which ruled western Asia from 226 to 650 AD. The carvings, some of the finest and best-preserved examples of Persian sculpture under the Sassanids, include representations of the investitures of Ardashir II (379–383) and Shapur III (383–388). Like other Sassanid symbols, Taq-e Bostan and its relief patterns accentuate power, religious…

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Detail of a 4th century CE gilded plate from the Sasanian period depicting a hunting scene. The capital of the Sassanid Persian Empire: Seleucia-Ctesiphon (near modern-day Baghdad) was one of the largest cities in the world. Freer and Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. Photo by Babylon Chronicle

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Parthian warriors by Dušan Vasiljevic

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Erbil

Erbil, Kurdistan is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in history. The first mention of Erbil in literary sources comes from the archives of Ebla, recording two journeys to Erbil (Irbilum) by a messenger from Ebla around 2300 BC. Later, Erridupizir, king of Gutium, captured the city in 2200 BC. It was an integral part of Assyria from around 2500 BC until 605 BC, and it remained part of Assyria under Persian, Greek, Parthian, Roman and Sassanid rule.

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Silver Gilt Plate with Sassanid King defeating a Catafract, Azerbaijan Museum…

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persian sassanid emperor Khosrau II with his christian wife Shirin, Khosrau II

Angus Mcbride McBride isn’t done yet……..

Horse head, gilded silver, 4th century AD, Sassanid art. Found in Kerman, Iran.Photo taken by Jastrow at the Louvre, France.

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Sassanid plate, Azerbaijan Museum, Tabriz, Iran

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Sassanian Silver Gilt Plate Depicting a King Wrestling a Leopard 5th-6th cent.CE

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