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Sasanian crowns

Ahuramazda at Bishapur. Photo Marco Prins.
Ahuramazda
The Sasanian were the last native dynasty to rule Persia before the Arab conquest. Their reign lasted from 224 to 651. On many places, they have left impressive rock reliefs,. It is interesting to see that the artists did their best to make the people they represented recognizable as individuals. Noblemen, for example, are shown with badges that were once well-known and identified the figures as the lord of this or that part of Iran. The kings themselves are no exception to this rule. They all have different crowns, which are shown on this page. The same crown is shown on the coinage of the rulers.
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Crown of Ardašir I. Naqš-i Rustam. Photo Marco Prins.
Crown of Shapur I. Bishapur. Photo Marco Prins.
Crown of Bahram I. Bishapur. Photo Jona Lendering.
Ardašir I (224-241)
(Naqš-i Rustam) (coin)
Shapur I (241-272)
(Bishapur, relief 2) (coin)
Bahram I (273-276)
(Bishapur, relief 5) (coin)
Crown of Bahram II. Bishapur. Photo Marco Prins.
Crown of Narseh. Naqš-i Rustam. Photo Marco Prins.
Crown of Hormizd II. Naqš-i Rustam. Photo Marco Prins.
Bahram II (276-293)
(Bishapur, relief 4) (coin)
Narseh (293-303)
(Naqš-i Rustam) (coin)
Hormizd II (303-309)
(Naqš-i Rustam) (coin)
Crown of Shapur II. Taq-e Bostan. Photo Marco Prins.
Crown of Shapur III. Taq-e Bostan. Photo Marco Prins.
Crown of Khusrau II. Taq-e Bostan. Photo Marco Prins.
Shapur II (309-379)
(Taq-e Bostan) (coin)
Shapur III (383-388)
(Taq-e Bostan) (coin)
Khusrau II (590-628)
(Taq-e Bostan) (coin)
Jona Lendering © 2005
Latest revision: 31 March 2006
 
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