Royal Audience Hall of Darius I, sculpture: east stairway relief -- tribute bearers, three registers
Although these reliefs may have been inspired by those decorating Assyrian palaces, Persian sculpture is more refined. The figures project more from the surface than Assyrian reliefs, and the forms are more rounded. The treatment of the clothing is reminiscent of archaic Greek sculpture, which seems to have been an influence on Achaemenid art. These three registers depict peoples from subject nations bringing gifts to pay homage to the Persian ruler. The lower register depicts Medes, the upper two Babylonians.
Artform: ARCHITECTURE, Pre-19th Century
Country/Culture: Ancient Persia
Date: c500 BCE
Museum: © Davis Art Images
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