Analyze and Compare
Triumph of Shapur I
Form: This is a 2D figure because you cannot walk around it and there is no ???other side???.
Composition: Shapur I is the largest figure and he is on top of a horse, wearing a large crown, and he has a sword. The other figures in the work are smaller and they are kneeling and being held by Shapur I.
Material: This is made out of rock in Naqsh-e Rustam.
Technique: This is a low relief carving (bas-relief) depicting the triumph of king Shapur I over Valerian and Phillip.
* Shapur is largest, he is sitting on a horse, and he is wearing a crown. Emphasizing the concept of victory: Shapur has a sword. The figures of Phillip and Valerian (the defeated) are smaller and Phillip is kneeling.
Victory Stele of Naram-sin
Form: This is a 3D geometrical figure because you could walk around it and look at the blank side.
Composition: Naram-sin is the largest figure and he is placed higher in the artwork than anyone else. Also, he is wearing a horned helmet, suggesting divinity .
Material: This is made of pink sandstone.
Technique: This is a low relief carving (bas-relief) depicting Naram-sin??™s triumph over Satuni of Lullubi.
* Naram-sin is largest, he is elevated higher than anyone else in the work and , he wears a horned helmet which shows divinity. Emphasizing the concept of victory: It depicts soldiers who have weapons and armor and Naram-sin is stepping on his dead enemies.
The image that is most effective is the Triumph of Shapur I because it is larger and virtually and theoretically unmovable. The Victory Stele of Naram-sin is larger than an average human but the Triumph of Shapur I relief can look threateningly large when close to it. While the Victory Stele of Naram-sin is portable (proven when it was stolen by the Elamites), the relief of the Triumph of Shapur I was cut from a massive rock-face that would be impractical to even try to move.