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3/31/05

Hercules of Kermanshah Finds a Moulage Head

Tehran, Mar. 30 (CHN) - The Hercules statue of Kermanshah, one of its important cultural heritage dating back to 2000 years ago, has found a new moulage head after several years. The original head of the statue is kept in store after being stolen and damaged several times.

Hercules is located on top of Bisotoun Mountains in the western province of Kermanshah near the relief of Darius the Great.

The head of the statue was first restored and put on top of it in 1958, but was stolen some years later. It was found before being moved out of the county. The head was not attached to the statue until 1991, but once again it was stolen in 1993. This time the head was divided into 2 pieces and part of its beard was gone. Since then, the recovered parts have been kept in store in the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department of Kermanshah.

So far, 7 copies of the head have been made with different materials, but all have been lost either due to being stolen or improper maintenance. Until finally a copy of the head and one of the destroyed hand were made from the stone of the Bisotoun Mountain, awaiting good weather to be installed on the statue, which finally took place before Norouz holidays.

Hercules statue was accidentally discovered in 1958 while construction of Hamedan road by Compax Company of England. Workers first unearthed the body of the statue, and it took them several days to find the head which had been detached and thrown away by the road construction machines. The statue's hand and the cup in it were also damaged and broken into pieces.

The new head is a moulage and head of Bisotoun project, Maliheh Mehdi Abadi, is eager to announce the fact as a means to prevent it from being stolen once again. A glass case is to be built for protecting the head against probable damages.

The original head is also restored and is to be installed on an abstract torso for display in Kermanshah museum, restorer of the head, Niazi, told CHN.

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