Relief Taq-e Bostan (Kermanshah Province in Iran) from the era of Sassanid
Empire: One of the oldest depictions of a cataphract. The figure on top
in the middle is believed to be Khosrow II. The figure to the right is
Ahura Mazda, and to the left is the Persian Goddess Anahita. The cataphract
is not known, although various theories exist on his identity, but he is
certainly of royal nobility.
photo by Zereshk