Dokhtar i-Noshirwan (Nigar).jpg
Royal enthronement scene at Dokhtar i-Noshirwan.
Dokhtar-i-Noshirwan is located in Afghanistan
Shown within Afghanistan
Dokhtar-i-Noshirwan is located in Bactria
Dokhtar-i-Noshirwan (Bactria)
Dokhtar-i-Noshirwan is located in West and Central Asia
Dokhtar-i-Noshirwan (West and Central Asia)
Alternative nameDokhtar-i-Noshirwan
LocationSamangan, Afghanistan
Coordinates35°45′33″N 67°52′34″E / 35.759179°N 67.876073°E / 35.759179; 67.876073Coordinates: 35°45′33″N 67°52′34″E / 35.759179°N 67.876073°E / 35.759179; 67.876073
Site notes
Excavation dates1928

Dokhtar-i-Noshirwan, also Nigar, is an archaeological site in the Ḵolm valley in northern Afghanistan.[1][2] It is located 100 kilometers north of Bamiyan and has the largest non-Buddhist mural in Afghanistan.[2]

The mural represent a local ruler, possibly Hephthalite,[3][2] in an attitude similar to that of Khosrau II on one of his silver plates: seated frontally with legs spread out and his hands on a large swords standing between his knees.[2] The crown is formed by the head of a beast, framed by two wings, similar to a design known from the coins of Shahi Tegin.[2]

The artists of Dokhtar i-Noshirwan for may have come from Bamiyan or Kakrak.[3]


  1. ^ "DOḴTAR-E NŌŠERVĀN – Encyclopaedia Iranica".
  2. ^ a b c d e Rowland, Benjamin (1974). The Art of Central Asia. p. 94.
  3. ^ a b Klimburg-Salter, Deborah (1993). "Dokhtar-i-Noshirwan (Nigar) Reconsidered". Muqarnas. 10: 355–368. doi:10.2307/1523200. ISSN 0732-2992.
Retrieved from ""