Kul-e Farah Relief II

Javier Álvarez-Mon & Yasmina Wicks7th-6th century BC

Macquarie University

Macquarie University
Sydney, Australia

This relief panel was carved on a boulder close to relief III up to a century or so later. It depicts a large-scale ruler with a long beard, a braided hairstyle with a front roll (or a headdress with a bulbous visor), and a knee-length fringed garment. He holds both hands in a fist at face level and may be pointing with his index fingers towards an animal sacrifice scene. Behind him stand four small worshipers in a line. They are all shown with a long garment, frontally depicted chest, and hands clasped at the waist. The sacrificial scene is composed of a naked(?) individual, who butchers a humped zebu next to six sheep carcasses, and a second naked(?) individual who stands behind. His lower body is oriented toward the sacrifice and the upper body is turned to gesture back toward the ruler. The sense of movement in the depiction of these two figures contrasts with the static, formalized poses of the worshipers.


  • Title: Kul-e Farah Relief II
  • Creator: Javier Álvarez-Mon & Yasmina Wicks
  • Date Created: 7th-6th century BC
  • Location Created: Kul-e Farah, Izeh Valley, ca. 7 km Northeast of Izeh
  • Physical Dimensions: panel 2.40 m x 3.55 m
  • Type: boulder
  • Rights: Image Copyright J. Álvarez-Mon
  • Medium: rock-carved relief

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