Reconstruction of Part of the Rustam Cycle.

Sogdian mural from Panjakent

Reconstruction of the Rustam frieze, made at the time of excavation by artists Gremyachinskaya and Nikitin, now in the Museum of History of Culture of Panjikent, Tajikistan. Photo: Ursula Sims-Williams.

The friezes are attributed to the first half of the eighth century and depict a series of episodes in which Rustam and Rakhsh are engaged in battle with demons.

Source: 'In pictures: Eight and ninth century stories of the Persian hero Rustam', British Library

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