Spitaman Zarthushtra

Spitaman Zarthushtra (c. 1500-1000 BCE)
A popular portrayal of the Iranian Prophet

by Unknown artist
circa 1890

20 x 14 in. (50.8 x 35.6 cm.)

This 19th Century portrait is based on an image of Mithra from the bas-relief of Ardeshir II at Taq-i Bustan. He is shown holding a fire torch in his right hand while rays of light are seen around his head. His cloak is fastened with a Khvarenah, representing divine glory.