Through a series of dramatic building projects, Darius I (r. 522-486 B.C.) firmly established the characteristics of Persian art and architecture under the Achaemenid dynasty. The most notable of his commissions was Persepolis. During following decades, Persepolis was enlarged with a series of buildings, constructed largely by his son, Xerxes (r. 486-465 B.C.), and grandson, Artaxerxes I (r. 465/4-425 B.C.). (Click the picture for the full description at Flickr, quote from the Miho Museum si...

Persepolis, Iran

Royal Horses depicted in Relief from the palace of King Sargon II in his capital city of Dur-Sharrukin (Modern Khorsabad)

The true Xerxes (from Persepolis), National Archaeological Museum of Iran,Tehran. #Achaemenids

Achaemenid Golden Goblet With Bulls Dates About 500 BC. Miho Museum, Japan

Recumbent Jackal God Anubis Ancient Egypt, Saqqara Dynasty 26-30 664-332 BCE Limestone Metropolitan Museum of Art

Assyrian Relief Panel at New York Metropolitan Museum of Art flickr.com

Achaemenid Gold Censer Gold, 5th-4th century B.C.E.

Persian Sculpture Louvre Museum

Ivory relief with a Maenad and a Satyr, Romisch-Germanisches Museum, Cologne

Sebasteion, relief of Tiberius with a captured barbarian. Aphrodisias Museum.

Indo-Persian turban helmet, Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Hadrianic Relief Representing Parthia Archaeological Museum ,Naples

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Hadrianic Relief Representing Mauritania Árchaeological Museum Naples,possibly from Hadianeum Rome

Altes Museum (Berlin) - Nefertiti The Nefertiti bust is a 3300-year-old painted limestone bust of Nefertiti, the Great Royal Wife of the Egyptian pharaoh Akhenaten and is one of the most copied works of ancient Egypt. Due to the bust, Nefertiti has become one of the most famous women of the ancient world as well as icon of female beauty. The bust is believed to have been crafted in 1345 BC by the sculptor Thutmose.

Silver Iran Post-Achaemenid, 4th-2nd century B.C. Metropolitan Museum of Art NYC

head of the cow goddess Hathor Porphyritic diorite Dynasty 18, 1417-1379 B.C. Commissioned by Amenhotep lll

Hadrianic Relief Representing Phrygia Archaeological Museum Naples Possibly from the Hadrianeum

Waldealgesheim, Germany. About 320 BC This flagon had been a heirloom before placing in the grave. Its surface were decorated in a somewhat earlier style. The zone consisting of regular arrangements of individual motifs were characteristic of this early style. Kunst der Kelten, Historisches Museum Bern. Art of the Celts, Historic Museum of Bern.

Relief of woman fighting off the advances of a satyr displayed in the 'Secret Room' of the Naples Archaeological Museum Roman 1st century BCE-1st century CE