Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Taq-e-Bostan hunt - Sassanians

 Salvete Omnes,

let us canter to ancient Persia - long. long time ago - here you can go and see - I posted some images from the Taq-e-Bostan Sassanian relieves drawn by Robert Ket Porter and published in his book: "Travels in Georgia, Persia, Armenia, ancient Babylonia, &c. &c. during the years 1817, 1818, 1819, and 1820.'' - incidentally this work was published in London in 1822, two hundred years ago[sic!].
In this Jstor article you can borrow this article on the costumes carved in the Taq-e-Bostan Sassanian artwork.

The subject matter is the king of kings Khosrow II's hunt for wild boar, vaaraz of the ancient Iranians, one of the most dangerous wild animals out there. The great king hunts without his horse and instead there are the elephants, of the western Asian variety, 

Hunt for wild boar with bows, while 'riding' boats and elephants - as drawn by Ker Porter

photos from wiki commons, and book page from the volume from the wold library Archive.org 


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