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…

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…

Louvre - Sumerian merman.  Also thought to represent the God Enki whose ship landed in the Persian Gulf..100's of thousands of years ago.  This is also thought to represent  one of the Summerians Gods, Enki.  When his starship landed in the Persiam Gulf he emerged from the sea.

Louvre - Sumerian merman. Also thought to represent the God Enki whose ship landed in the Persian Gulf..100's of thousands of years ago. This is also thought to represent one of the Summerians Gods, Enki. When his starship landed in the Persiam Gulf he emerged from the sea.

The so-called 'Mask of Agamemnon', a 16th Century BCE mask discovered by Heinrich Schliemann in 1876 at Mycenae, Greece. National Archaeological Museum, Athens.

The so-called 'Mask of Agamemnon', a 16th Century BCE mask discovered by Heinrich Schliemann in 1876 at Mycenae, Greece. National Archaeological Museum, Athens.

Faience 'naos'-type sistrum decorated with the human-  bovine face of Hathor. 26th Dynasty. British Museum.

Faience 'naos'-type sistrum decorated with the human- bovine face of Hathor. 26th Dynasty. British Museum.

Pottery Figure of Pan - circa 360-330 BC. Greek Boeotian period, at the British Museum

Pottery Figure of Pan - circa 360-330 BC. Greek Boeotian period, at the British Museum

Horse and trainer, Tang Dynasty, 618 AD - 907 AD.   City Museum, Luoyang.  The poses of horse and man seem to mirror each other, as the trainer puts his horse through its paces. The training of horses for extravagant shows became an elaborate art during the Tang dynasty, as seen in a silver flask with dancing horse from the Shaanxi History Museum.

Horse and trainer, Tang Dynasty, 618 AD - 907 AD. City Museum, Luoyang. The poses of horse and man seem to mirror each other, as the trainer puts his horse through its paces. The training of horses for extravagant shows became an elaborate art during the Tang dynasty, as seen in a silver flask with dancing horse from the Shaanxi History Museum.

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