Median Era Ring in Iran

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

A unique ring belonging to the Median era adorned with a carved Farvahar, a symbol of Zoroastrianism, has been found in western Iran.

Archeological excavations in Iran's western province of Lorestan resulted in the discovery of a ring which dates back to the Bronze Age and is decorated with a symbol of Zoroastrianism.

The figure in the Farvahar is wearing Mede attire and a hat. The long-bearded man is facing the left as he emerges from the Sun. Wide open wings are seen on the two sides of his body. Two moving feet can also be seen on the ring.

The ring, which is 2.5 cm in diameter, is made of a type of bronze which is an alloy of copper, tin and zinc.

The Medes were ancient Iranian dwellers who inhabited the northwestern parts of present-day Iran. They established their dynasty in the second half of the 7th century BC.

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