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Sassanid Bust Discovered in Bishapour

A Sassanid bust weighing 10 kilograms and dating back to 1,700 years ago is unearthed in the ancient city of Bishapour, Fars province, Iranian Cultural Heritage News Agency reported.

While restoring the forts of Bishapour, the bride of Sassanid cities, archeologists came across the bust along the Qanemieh-Kazeroon road, parting the city into two sections, experts told Iran's Cultural Heritage News Agency (CHN).

The unique sculpture depicts a human head, whose beard resembles that of Sassanid people, said project manager Mosayeb Amiri.

"The nose, eyes and forehead of the bust resemble those of people living in the Sassanid era," he noted. Surveys revealed the sculpture was unlikely to portray any king or commanders of the empire, he noted.

The white-colored bust, made of plaster and broken up into two from across its nose, is currently maintained in Bishapour's treasury and experts plan to study it in the coming weeks.

According to Amiri, the bust is not part of a full statue and was used as a decorative object.

The beautiful scenery of the Shapour plain and river as well as the new architecture style of Bishapour buildings distinguished the city in the whole Sassanid civilization. The city was decorated by some Islamic architecture features after the Arabs entered Iran. The ruins of the historical city of Bishapour are found on the slope of Koohmareh heights, 23 Kilometers west of the city of Kazeroon.

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