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Restoration of Iran’s royal equestrian relief nears completion


A restoration work on the equestrian relief of Hormizd II, the Sassanid king (r. 303 BC– 309), will be completed within the next week. The bas-relief is one of those rock-carved imageries dotted below massive rock-hewn tombs at Naqsh-e Rostam, the Achaemenid necropolis situated near the UNESCO-registered Persepolis in southern Iran.

Restoration of Iran’s royal equestrian relief nears completion
Naqs-e Rustam, Relief of Hormizd II prior to restoration works
[Credit: Jona Lendering/Vici.org]

“Restoration of the bas-relief is carried out with a protective approach and based on the theoretical principals of restoration, and for this purpose, new materials for stone restoration have been used,” CHTN quoted Mostafa Rakhshandekhou who leads the restoration project, as saying on Monday.
The restoration project started in December 2019 and will come to an end by May 4, he said.

One of the wonders of the ancient world, Naqsh-e Rostam embraces four tombs are where Persian Achaemenid kings are laid to rest, believed to be those of Darius II, Artaxerxes I, Darius I and Xerxes I (from left to right facing the cliff), although some historians are still debating this.

Restoration of Iran’s royal equestrian relief nears completion

There are gorgeous bas-relief carvings above the tomb chambers that are similar to those at Persepolis, with the kings standing on thrones supported by figures representing the subject nations below. There also two similar graves situated on the premises of Persepolis probably belong to Artaxerxes II and Artaxerxes III.
Beneath the funerary chambers are dotted with seven Sassanian era (224–651) bas-reliefs cut into the cliff depict vivid scenes of imperial conquests and royal ceremonies; signboards below each relief give a detailed description in English.


* This article was originally published here


Restoration of Xumishan Grottoes underway in NW China


Cultural relics experts from across China have begun a restoration project on murals in the Xumishan Grottoes dating back to over 1,500 years ago in northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.

Restoration of Xumishan Grottoes underway in NW China
Aerial photo of the Xumishan Grottoes in Guyuan, northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region
[Credit: Xinhua/Wang Peng]




The restoration project started in early April and is the first such project to save and restore Xumishan Grottoes murals since the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), according to the cultural relics management bureau of Xumishan Grottoes.

Restoration of Xumishan Grottoes underway in NW China
A cultural relics expert restores a mural at the No. 48 grotto of Xumishan Grottoes in Guyuan,
 northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region [Credit: Xinhua/Feng Kaihua]


Restoration of Xumishan Grottoes underway in NW China
A cultural relics expert restores a mural at the No. 48 grotto of Xumishan Grottoes in Guyuan,
 northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region [Credit: Xinhua/Feng Kaihua]


Restoration of Xumishan Grottoes underway in NW China
Cultural relics experts discuss restoration plans at the No. 48 grotto of Xumishan Grottoes in Guyuan,
northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region [Credit: Xinhua/Feng Kaihua]


Restoration of Xumishan Grottoes underway in NW China
A cultural relics expert restores a mural at the No. 48 grotto of Xumishan Grottoes in Guyuan,
northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region [Credit: Xinhua/Wang Peng]




Restoration of Xumishan Grottoes underway in NW China
A cultural relics expert restores a mural at the No. 48 grotto of Xumishan Grottoes in Guyuan, 
northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region [Credit: Xinhua/Wang Peng]


Restoration of Xumishan Grottoes underway in NW China
Cultural relics experts discuss restoration plans in the No. 48 grotto of Xumishan Grottoes in Guyuan,
northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region [Credit: Xinhua/Yang Zhisen]


Restoration of Xumishan Grottoes underway in NW China
A cultural relics expert restores a mural at the No. 48 grotto of Xumishan Grottoes in Guyuan,
northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region [Credit: Xinhua/Feng Kaihua]


Restoration of Xumishan Grottoes underway in NW China
A cultural relics expert restores a mural at the No. 48 grotto of Xumishan Grottoes in Guyuan, 
northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region [Credit: Xinhua/Feng Kaihua]



Restoration of Xumishan Grottoes underway in NW China
Cultural relics experts discuss restoration plans in the No. 48 grotto of Xumishan Grottoes in Guyuan,
northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region [Credit: Xinhua/Yang Zhisen]


Restoration of Xumishan Grottoes underway in NW China
Cultural relics experts restore murals at the No. 48 grotto of Xumishan Grottoes in Guyuan, northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region [Credit: Xinhua/Wang Peng]

Restoration of Xumishan Grottoes underway in NW China
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The Xumishan Grottoes, which were initially built in the late period of the Northern Wei Dynasty (386-534), have 162 caves and more than 1,000 statues and were listed as a key state-level cultural site in 1982.




* This article was originally published here

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