20.3.09

From my collection: a treasure from Persepolis


Takht-e Jamshid was the ceremonial capital of the Persian Empire during the Achaemenid dynasty. The earliest remains of Persepolis date from around 515 BC. To the ancient Persians, the city was known as Pārsa, which means "The City of Persians". Persepolis is the Greek interpretation of the name Πέρσης πόλις (Persēs polis: "Persian city"). This fragment was most likely from the corner of a column that was maticulously carved with floral designs. This piece is made of the same material found at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection of works (although not as large), and is a cherished possesion.

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