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This is one of the twin portals (IWAN) of the famous Taq-e Bostan (Persian: Garden Arch) which is a site with a series of large rock reliefs from the era of Sassanid Empire of Persia, the Iranian dynasty which ruled western Asia from 226 to 650 AD. This example of Sassanid art is located inside the city Kermanshah in western Iran. It is located in the heart of the Zagros mountains, where it has endured almost 1,700 years. rnThe carvings, some of the finest and best-preserved examples of Persian sculpture under the Sassanids, include representations of the investitures of Ardashir II (379383) and Shapur III (383388). Like other Sassanid symbols. rnThe three figures on the back wall of the large iwan are usually considered to represent Khosrow Parviz flanked by Ahura Mazda and Anahita. They are placed above a mounted Persian knight, thought to be Khosrow himself riding his favourite horse, Shabdiz.

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