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    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 site)

    Double Bull Iran,Persepolis,Apadana Reigns of Darius and Xerxes,522-465 BC

    Persepolis Horse, Iran

    Relief: two servants bearing food and drink, 358–338 b.c.; Achaemenid period, reign of Artaxerxes III Excavated at Persepolis, southwestern Iran Limestone

    west wall relief from the memorial chapel of Ramesses l at Abydos Limestone From Abydos Dynasty 19, reign of Sety l ca. 1291-1279 B.C.

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

    "Unfinished" Kudurru Kassite period, attributed to the reign of Melishipak (1186-1172 BC) Susa (where it had been taken as war booty in the 12th century BC) Limestone

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

    Persepolis, Iran

    Pink-buff limestone, Ur III Period, Reign of Ur-Namma, ca. 2097-2080 B.C.E., From Mesopotamia, Ur The stele of Ur-Namma is the only monumental surviving work of art from the Ur III period. The stele was once more than ten feet high and had on each side five registers of relief scenes illustrating aspects of kingship.

    Head of Ahmose I, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Ahmose I (ca. 1550–1525 B.C.) Egyptian Limestone

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


    Kneeling statue of Bay, New Kingdom, early Dynasty 19, reign of Seti I or later (ca. 1294–1250 B.C.) Egyptian Limestone

    The Lion Temple at Naqa. The well preserved Lion Temple in Sudan located at Naqa is one of the most beautiful, eccentric and unique temple I have ever seen in my travels. The distinctively brown in colour temple was built by King Natakamani. Known for his passion for arts, Natakamani left a number of buildings and temples. The front of this Lion Temple depicts the king and his wife Amanitore in separate scenes, holding their enemies by the hair while ready to deal a crushing blow

    Artist's gridded sketch, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Hatshepsut, ca. 1479–1458 B.C. Egyptian; From western Thebes Limestone and ink

    Capital Column Capital in the form of a Man Bull Achaemenid period,reign of Xerxes (486-465) Excaveted at Persepolis (Iran) in a building called Tripylon,these capital originally supported the roof beams of the hall,wich rested on the backs of the man-bulls. The man-bull has the limbs,body and ears of a bull,the feathers of a bird on his haunches and the face and beard of a man.He wears large,dangling earrings and a tall crown decorated with three pairs of horns .

    Painted limestone funerary slab with a man controlling a rearing horse, 2nd half of 3rd century B.C. Greek. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Darius Ogden Mills, 1904 (04.17.3)

    Charles I, King of England, son of James I, grandson of Mary, Queen of Scots

    Nubian Museum Aswan , Ushabti

    Egyptian pharaoh Akhenaten as a youth bust. Museum Berlin