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Fight of the Lion & bull, carved on the side of the Marble throne, Golestan Palace.

The Marble Throne (Takht-e marmar) is a 250 year old royal throne in Tehran, Iran.

The throne was built from 1747 to 1751 for Fat'h Ali Shah Qajar. It was designed by Mirza Baba Shirazi Naqqash-Bashi and royal stonecutter Ostad Mohammad Ibrahim Isfahani. It consists of 65 marble stone pieces from a mine in Yazd. The throne's supports are carved in the shape of men, women, fairies, and demons.

The Royal Balcony of the Marble Throne is said to be built during the reign of Karim Khan Zand but it has been changed several times during the Qajar period. The twin stone columns of the balcony were transferred to Tehran by the order of Agha Mohammad Khan from Shiraz.

The dueling lion and bull is a symbol of harmony and transition during the Persian New Year, Norooz, the representation of two powerful and opposing forces as they embrace as one on the vernal equinox each spring.

نبرد شير و گاو، تخت مرمر،كاخ گلستان

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