Ahura Mazda, The Rock-Cut Tombs of Qizqapan

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
by Sulaymaniyah Museum
published on 23 January 2018

Two close-up images of “Ahura Mazda” 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). The upper image dates to June 14, 1999, while the lower one was shot on October 29, 2002, just before the restoration/conservation work, which was carried out by the Directorate General of Antiquities of Sulaymaniyah. Median-Achaemenid Period, 600-330 BCE. Near Zarzi village and the Palaeolithic cave of Zarzi, Chemi Rezan Valley, Sulaymaniyah Governorate, Iraqi Kurdistan. Photos courtesy Hashim Hama Abdullah, director of the Sulaymaniyah Museum.

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