Low-relief from Persepolis (ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire, ca. 550–330 BCE), showing a royal audience, probably by Darius. Initially placed at the center of the stairs of the Apadana, it was later moved to the Treasury, where another strictly similar relief is still in situ.
Courtesy & currently located at the National Museum of Iran. Photo taken by Philippe Chavin

Low-relief from Persepolis (ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire, ca. 550–330 BCE), showing a royal audience, probably by Darius. Initially placed at the center of the stairs of the Apadana, it was later moved to the Treasury, where another strictly similar relief is still in situ.

Courtesy & currently located at the National Museum of Iran. Photo taken by Philippe Chavin

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