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Eshaqvand/Sakavand


The relief of Sakavand. Cast from Taq-e Bostan. Photo Jona Lendering.
The relief of Sakavand (cast from Taq-e Bostan)
Sakavand or Eshaqvand: site of a late-Achaemenid rock relief.

There are three ancient rock tombs at Sakavand, half way between two towns called Deh Now and Chaman Esmael, some eighteen kilometers south of Behistun. They are simple, nothing but square holes in the face of the rock. The central one, however, is decorated with a relief of a praying man who is about 1.87 meters high. He may or may not be a Magian. In front of him are smaller figures, about half his size.

The interpretation is not uncontested, but it is interesting to notice that the large figure is almost identical in shape to the figures at Dukkan-e Daud. and Naqš-i Rustam.

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The rock of Sakavand. Photo Jona Lendering.


Getting there:

Take the main road from Behistun to Kermanshah and turn left after Blowerdi. After five kilometers, there's a bridge; immediately after it, turn right. Follow this road to Paasar (about thirteen kilometer); turn left. Deh Now is after 2 kilometers and the reliefs are visible after another 1 kilometers.

The tombs at Sakavand. Photo Kees Bronke.

A satellite photo of Eshaqvand can be seen here.

References

The relief is included as #32 in Louis Vanden Berghe's Reliefs rupestres de l’Iran ancien (1984). A satellite photo of the cemetery can be seen here.
Jona Lendering and
Kees Bronke for
Livius.Org, 2009
Revision: 21 March 2013
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