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Median Dynastic Era Bronze Ring Adorned with Fravahar Discovered in Lorestan
15 November 2007
(CAIS) -- A unique ring
belonging to the Median dynastic era (728-550 BCE) adorned with a carved
Fravahar, a symbol of Zoroastrian religion, has been found in western Iran.
Archeological excavations in Iran's western province of Lorestan resulted in the
discovery of a ring which dates back to the Bronze Age and is decorated with a
symbol of Zoroastrianism.
figure in the Fravahar is wearing Median attire and a hat. The long-bearded man
is facing the left as he emerges from a ring. Wide open wings are seen on the
two sides of his body. Two moving feet can also be seen on the ring.
The ring, which is 2.5 cm in diameter, is made of a type of bronze which is an
alloy of copper, tin and zinc.
Some other relics including bronze necklaces, rings and bracelets as well as
metal arrows and daggers were also found during the excavation.
The Medes were ancient Iranians who inhabited the northwestern parts of
present-day Iran. They established the first Iranian dynastic empire in the
second half of the 8th century BCE.
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