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Arts 2014, 3(1), 118-134; doi:10.3390/arts3010118
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The Rock Paintings of Kuh-e-Donbeh in Esfahan, Central Iran

Received: 17 January 2014 / Revised: 6 February 2014 / Accepted: 18 February 2014 / Published: 26 February 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue World Rock Art)
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Abstract

Although a great number of petroglyphs have been identified in Iran, only a few rock painting sites have been found. Despite this, a considerable number of rock paintings have been discovered in Kuh-e-Donbeh, which is a mountain located to the south-west of the city of Esfahan in central Iran. The paintings can be found on the rims of seasonal water channels on this mountain. All the depictions are painted with red pigment sourced from the immediate region. The motifs depicted include zoomorphs, anthropomorphs, horse-riding scenes, and some unknown shapes, etc. A farming theme is also prevalent in the corpus. The paintings are located in five areas and, in some cases, have been subject to intense weathering.  Some of the rock paintings may date to the historic period, but reliable dating is not currently possible. So, analysis of the pigments for more secure scientific dating will be required.
Keywords: Iran; Kuh-e-Donbeh; rock painting; red pigment; horse-riding; geometric Iran; Kuh-e-Donbeh; rock painting; red pigment; horse-riding; geometric
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