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Kul-e Farah relief III, line drawing and schematic diagram of the ritual ceremony

Javier Álvarez-Mon & Yasmina Wicks8th-7th century BC

Macquarie University

Macquarie University
Sydney, Australia

It is difficult to pinpoint the nature of the ritual depicted in this extraordinary relief, but clearly it involved the meeting of two large groups of people headed by two large-scale rulers. It can probably be assumed that it represents an actual event, perhaps an alliance of rulers or a periodic re-unification of mobile pastoralist and sedentary elements of the society. Such an event implies a sequence of rituals involving a journey, an organized body of people (and animals possibly for sacrifice) advancing in a ceremonial manner (a procession). The ascent of the most eminent ruler on a platform brings an additional symbolic dimension to the ritual, and transforms the platform into a “platform of exaltation”, enabling the ruler to oversee ritual activities with fitting solemnity.

Details

  • Title: Kul-e Farah relief III, line drawing and schematic diagram of the ritual ceremony
  • Creator: Javier Álvarez-Mon & Yasmina Wicks
  • Date Created: 8th-7th century BC
  • Location Created: Kul-e Farah, Izeh Valley, ca. 7 km Northeast of Izeh
  • Type: boulder
  • Rights: Image Copyright J. Álvarez-Mon
  • Medium: rock-carved relief

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