Star Roundel, Rock-Cut Tombs of Qizqapan

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 23 January 2018
Star Roundel, Rock-Cut Tombs of Qizqapan

Detail of the relief carved at the façade of the rock-cut tombs of Ashkawt-i Qizqapan (Kurdish: The Cave of the Ravisher or the Cave of the Raped/Abducted Girl). This roundel lies at the right side, above the square entrance into the main burial chamber. It consists of a central boss surrounded by 11 rays, or petals, topped by small half-circles. It is not clear what this image represents; probably it represents the stellar divine emblem of “Ishtar-Anahita”. Note the traces of the original red pigment. Median-Achaemenid Period, 600-330 BCE. Near Zarzi village and the Palaeolithic cave of Zarzi, Chemi Rezan Valley, Sulaymaniyah Governorate, Iraqi Kurdistan.


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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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Amin, O. S. M. (2018, January 23). Star Roundel, Rock-Cut Tombs of Qizqapan. Ancient History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.ancient.eu/image/7988/

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Amin, Osama S. M. "Star Roundel, Rock-Cut Tombs of Qizqapan." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Last modified January 23, 2018. https://www.ancient.eu/image/7988/.

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Amin, Osama S. M. "Star Roundel, Rock-Cut Tombs of Qizqapan." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 23 Jan 2018. Web. 25 May 2019.

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