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...

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Achaemenid Limestone Head of a Persian Male Figure 6th-4th cent.BCE Miho Museum

A small section of the Achaemenid Palaces of Darius in Susa, Persia, constructed by Babylonian craftsmen when Babylon was part of the world's first true empire. Incredible; this is the Darius that the Biblical Daniel served under.

Western Han Chinese Gold Statuette of a Horse | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Persepolis Horse, Iran

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

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

mayan reliefs at British M useum

Achaemenid Fragmentary Silver Rhyton with a Horse Protome 5th -early 4th cent. BCE Achaemenid Anatolia.

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

Mosaic depicting a charioteer and horse from one of the four stables (Green), 3rd century AD, Palazzo Massimo all Terme, Rome | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

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

Achaemenid Golden Goblet With Bulls Dates About 500 BC.

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

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

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.

Persepolis, Iran

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