The logo of the Tehran Stock Exchange is derived from a circular bronze artifact known as “dorafsh” in Persian. The artifact depicts two back-to-back bulls with a four-person ring, and two convex sections mounted on a wooden handle. The lower part of the artifact has an independent perforated handle with a picture of three standing figures holding hands and forming a ring.
The upper part of the artifact is the main part called “birgh”. A completely round ring is placed on the back of two bulls standing back to back. In the center of the ring, four people with their legs tied together are running and holding jars together, from which water is flowing down. A small bird is placed on the ring around them, and an animal is sitting on top of it.
This precious artifact has been attributed to the Achaemenid or the Greco-Parthian period since ancient times, but today its antiquity is estimated to date back to the early centuries of the second millennium BCE, and it is considered to be related to the Luristan bronze objects group. The circular decorations with the four surrounding figures probably represent the creation of the universe, but their exact interpretation is difficult. Another similar artifact is kept in the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Canada. Apparently, these two objects were used together, but their exact use is unknown. The prominent role of later Assyrian artifacts indicates that these objects had a religious or military use and were used in both temples and military decorations.
This dorafsh, which came into the possession of the Louvre Museum in 1893, is one of the first Luristan bronze objects to be entered into a public collection. In 1967, it was used to create the official logo of the Tehran Stock Exchange. This documentary is a work of art by Amin Azarian in 2017 (1396 in the Persian calendar).