The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(CAIS) -- Low
quality metal covers installed, supposedly to safeguard the Elamite bas-reliefs
of Kul-Farah against rain have turned out to be destructive factors of the
The metal shields have decayed and
rusted as a result of inappropriate and cheap quality of the installed sheets
which the surfaces of the bas-reliefs have consequently become stained by
rainwater containing ferric oxide, Izeh Cultural Heritage Lovers Society
director Faramarz Khoshab told the Persian service of CHN on Tuesday.
All the protective covers have now
been removed except the one on the sixth bas-relief. However, the rust stains
still remain and are spoiling the relics, he explained.
The iron covers were to be replaced
with vacuum glass display units, but studies proved that the devices would also
cause damage to the bas-reliefs.
Consequently, a team of experts was
tasked to device suitable methods for the protection of the ancient works of
art, but they have so far been unable to come up with a solution to the problem.
Located near Izeh city in southern
Iran’s Khuzestan Province, Kul-Farah is home to large Elamite bas-reliefs.
In recent years vandals have sprayed
graffiti on some of the bas-reliefs on several occasions over the past few
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