Kul-e Farah relief IV, detail of an archer in panel C

Javier Álvarez-Mon & Yasmina Wicks9th-8th century BC

Macquarie University

Macquarie University
Sydney, Australia

The archer has broad shoulders, narrow waist, short kilted garment and hair collected into a distinctive long braid. In his left hand he holds a short bow. Sections of the hair, neck, back and right shoulder have preserved evidence of plaster, engraving and possibly pigmentation originally added to the surface of the relief. While much of the volume of the relief has been lost through surface erosion, it is still possible to appreciate the “natural” plastic treatment of body parts achieved by combining a relatively shallow depth of carving with smooth plastering of the surfaces.


  • Title: Kul-e Farah relief IV, detail of an archer in panel C
  • Creator: Javier Álvarez-Mon & Yasmina Wicks
  • Date Created: 9th-8th century BC
  • Location Created: Kul-e Farah, Izeh Valley, ca. 7 km Northeast of Izeh
  • Type: cliff face
  • Rights: Image Copyright J. Álvarez-Mon
  • Medium: rock-carved relief

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