Chahkuh Ravine, Qeshm Island

Chahkuh Ravine, Qeshm Island
Chahkuh Ravine, Qeshm Island

Chahkuh Ravine or Chahkuh Valley is one of the impressive natural attractions of the Qeshm island, the greats island in the Persian Gulf.

Chahkuh Ravine
Chahkuh Ravine

This valley has approximately 100 m (328 f) depth and is formed from sedimentary rocks and is a section of Qeshm GeoPark.

Chahkuh Ravine
Chahkuh Ravine

Fresh water is always a vital substance for the people of the arid island. The place is named as Chahkuh, literally meaning Wells, which four wells were dug in it.

Chahkuh Ravine
Chahkuh Ravine

The erosion has shaped splendid scenes of sedimentary rocks and amazing corridors, tunnels and holes catch the tourist all around the world.

Chahkuh Ravine
Chahkuh Ravine

This natural feature is formed on an integrated huge rock and is shaped a cross, at first it is wide but going alongside the ravine became narrow and strait.

Chahkuh Ravine, Woman in Local Traditional Outfit
Chahkuh Ravine, Woman in Local Traditional Outfit
Chahkuh Ravine
Chahkuh Ravine

Photo Credits: Abdolqader Daryanavard

 

Chahkuh Ravine
Chahkuh Ravine

 

Statue of Parthian Nobleman, National Museum

Parthian Nobleman Statue, Iran National Museum
Parthian Nobleman Statue, Iran National Museum

One of the rarest surviving artefacts of Parthian art (247BC-224AD) is the Statue of Parthian Noble Man, preserved in National Museum of Iran 2401. It was found at Shami village, Izeh, near the ancient Susa.

Parthian Nobleman Statue, Drawn by Tessa Rickard
Parthian Nobleman Statue, Drawn by Tessa Rickard

This bronze statue is 1.94m (6.36 feet) high. The man’s head is slightly small in relation to the rest of its body. The man bears a finely modelled beard and a heavy moustache, while his hair is long and covers the ears. He wears a headband on his hair. He wears a tunic crossing on the chest and chaps over a sort of undergarment. The figure is clap in a short belted and long-sleeved jacket with broad lapels. This tightly fitting jacket is fastened with the right side overlapping the left, leaving a wide V-shaped opening over the bare chest, which is also held by a belt made of plaques probably made of metal and decorated with geometric motifs. Short trousers are worn under the jacket. Tube-shaped leggings which served as over-trousers cover the legs, leaving part of the upper thighs bare. The back of the Statue shows how the leggings covered the entire upper back size and then probably attached to a hidden suspender belt under the jacket.

Parthian Cavalry Officers Sketch
Parthian Cavalry Officers Sketch

The evidence of the headband and torque suggests the status a date between the middle of the first century BC and the beginning of the first century AD, this date range is supported by the appearance of the outfit on coins of this date. It is also assumed that the statue probably was produced locally due to the difficult terrain and inaccessibility of Shami.