Barm-e Dilak: site of a Sasanian rock relief in Iran.
Two of them can be found at Barm-e Dilak, nine kilometers east of modern Shiraz. The first one shows the king (to the right), offering an iris flower to his elegant wife, Ardašir-Anahid (to the left). Such representations of love are very rare in Sasanian iconography, which generally consists of audience, victory, or inauguration scenes. A similar image of love was carved at Sarab-e Qandil, where it is the queen who offers the flower to the king.
The second relief, which is only a few meters to the right of the first one, shows the king (left) with an important official. Both men make gestures of respect, which is not surprising for the courtier, but unusual for a king.
- Bruno Overlaet, "Flower and Fire Altar: Fact and Fiction on the Barm-i Dilak Reliefs", in: Iranica Antiqua 45 (2010) 337ff
- Louis Vanden Berghe, Reliefs rupestres de l' Iran ancien (1983 Brussels) 80-81, 136-137
... to Patrick Charlot.