The following is from my essay <<The Winged Figure,>> published in the Zarathushtrian Assembly quarterly <<Spenta, No.1-3, August 1993, and my book <<The Zarathushtrian Religion, A Chronological Perspective, Volume 1, Books N Bits Publication, 2008, page 160 + Note 3, page172-175>> with the addition of the three given-below colored pictures. These are (1) the top one, which has been reconstructed by an European archeologist working on it in Persepolis and then in the laboratory to get to the original colors, because we know that all the Achaemenian bas-relief decorations were colored, which have faded through ages, (2) the <<Early Median-Achaemenian (?),>> and (3) the colored tile from Susa. The three present three different shapes of the now-called <<Faravahar>> of the Achaemenian time. The bas-reliefs provide more.
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The color-restored figure of Persepolis
Wishing all of you more and more USHTA, Radiant Enlightenment,
Ali A. Jafarey
Darius speaks about his sculpture and other figures, and Achaemenian kings speak about the figures on the bas-relief, but neither Darius nor others ever mention the winged figure hovering over their heads. That figure, taken from Middle Eastern motives and understood by the peoples there as a highly divine sign, most likely provided the Achaemenians with the Royal Aryan Glory (airyanâm khvarenah), said to resemble an eagle, to have it hover over their heads.(3)