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Archaeological Sites: Taq-i Bustan

Taq-i Bustan, large grotto. Detail of King's trousers. Negative no. 1855. Ernst Herzfeld papers, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

In Taq-i Bustan, some 5 kilometers from the modern city of Kirmanshah in western Iran, early travelers documented a grotto with a series of large rock reliefs dating from the late Sasanian period. Herzfeld dated these to the period of the Sasanian ruler Khusraw II (591-628 CE). Later scholars proposed various dates between the fifth and seventh century CE. These squeezes are from the Sassanid rock reliefs, with one from an unidentified gravestone in Kale-i Khosrawi.


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A_31 Kale i Khosrawi (Iran): Squeeze of Arabic Inscription, in Kufic Script, from Unidentified Gravestone

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A_42 Taq-i Bustan (Iran): Squeeze of Rug Pattern on Edge of Boats, from the Sassanid Rock Reliefs, 1923.

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A_42a Taq-i Bustan (Iran): Squeeze of Rug Pattern on Edge of Boats, from the Sassanid Rock Reliefs, 1923.

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A_43 Taq-i Bustan (Iran): Squeeze of Rug Pattern on Edge of Boats, from the Sassanid Rock Reliefs, 1923.

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A_44 Taq-i Bustan (Iran): Squeeze of Textile Pattern on Costume, from the Sassanid Rock Reliefs, 1923.

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