Naqš-e Rustam, Magian

Naqš-e Rustam: archaeological site in Fars (Iran), best known for its Achaemenid tombs and rock reliefs made in the Sasanian age.

Relief of a Magian

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There are several minor monuments at Naqš-e Rustam. A bit west of the Investiture Relief of King Narseh is a minor relief, which is best visible in the early morning light. It shows a man with a cap, whose arms are raised up, as if he is praying.

This type of relief is also known from Dukkan-e Daud and Sakavand, and is usually called a Magian. It was probably made during the last generation of the Achaemenid Empire, in the third quarter of the fourth century BCE.

Next to this relief is a small lion.