Photographer's Note

Modernized copy of the Archaemenian bas-relief of Bistoun in Eskan shopping centre, Tehran.
The famous Bistoon inscription was engraved on a cliff about 100 meters off the ground in the west of Iran by the order of King Darius the Great. Darius tells us how the supreme God Ahuramazda choose him to dethrone an usurper named Gaumāta, how he set out to quell several revolts, and how he defeated his foreign enemies. In the text Darius describes how the god Ahuramazda choose him to dethrone the usurper Gaumāta (522 BCE). After this event, king Darius set out to quell several revolts. This is also depicted above the text, where we see the holy angle or Faravahar and the king, the slain usurper, and seven men representing seven rebellious people. While artists were making this monument, Darius defeated foreign enemies (520-519 BCE).
Bistoun Monument bears inscriptions of the Achaemenid King Darius I, a statue of Hercules as well as bas relief of Mehrdad II and Goudarz and remnants of Ashkanid and the engraved monument of Farhad from the Sassanid era. Darius I inscriptions are in Elamite, cuneiform Babylonian and ancient Persian scripts.

نمونه بازسازي شده نقش برجسته داريوش كبير در بيستون، ورودي غربي مركز خريد اسكان، تهران

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