A Sasanian Cameo of Shapur I vanquishing Emperor Valerian, 260 AD


A larger image of this Sasanian Cameo of Shapur I vanquishing Emperor Valerian

Description: Cameo of Shapur I vanquishing Emperor Valerian.
Date: 260 AD
Medium: Sardonyx
Current location: Cabinet des Médailles, Paris
Accession number: Babelon 360
Photographer: Marie-Lan Nguyen

A fine cameo showing an equestrian combat of Shapur I and Valerian in which the Roman emperor is seized, according to historical references in Persia, inscriptions and a relief depicting Shapur's triumph over Valerian in Nagsh-e Rostam carvings, Fars Province, Iran.



A Sassanid Persian Clibanarius in The Armies and Enemies of Imperial Rome by Phil Barker & Ian Heath, based on the Cameo of Shapur I vanquishing Emperor Valerian



See also: Victory relief of Shapur with the captured Valerian at Naqs-i Rustam, Persia, c.260 AD
Sasanian and Central Asian Plates (and bowls, cups, cameos, plaques, paintings and textiles with similar iconography)
Persian Illustrations of Costume & Soldiers
Ancient Illustrations of Costume & Soldiers


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