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This arch dates back to the late Sassanid Period. The angels above the arch symbolize victory on the back wall the upper scene shows Khosrau 2 (590-628 A.D) between the manifestation of Ahuramazda and Anahita, goddess of abundance. The figure on the horseback is believed to represent Khosrau 2. The scene on the side walls depict his hunting exploits and feasts. The colored relief was made for Mohammad Ali Mirza Dowlatshah (son of Fath Ali Shah) in 1822 A.D.
he Sassanid kings chose a sensational setting for their rock reliefs Taghe-e-Bostan, four miles north-East of Kermanshah. A sacred spring gushes forth from a mountain cliff and empties into a large reflecting pool. In writer the entire scene is shrouded in mist and clouds.

One of the most impressive reliefs, inside the largest grotto or "ivan" is the gigantic equestrian of Sassanid king, Khosrow II (591-628 CE) mounted on his favorite charger, Shabdiz. Both horse and rider are arrayed in full battle armor. There are two hunting scenes on opposite side of the ivan, one depicts the imperial boar hunt and the other in a similar spirit shows the king stalking deer. Elephants flush out the feeling boar from a marshy lake for the king who stands poised with bow and arrow in hand serenaded by female musicians following in other boats. These royal hunting scenes are among the most vivid of all rock reliefs, true narrative murals in stone, Jumping 1300 years in time the upper relief shows the 19th century Qajar king Fath-Ali shah holding court.

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