Relief of Median courtier and tribute bearers

Near Eastern, Iranian, Persian
Achaemenid
550–331 B.C.


Place of Origin: Iran, Persepolis

Dimensions

Height x width: 45.5 x 77.7 cm (17 15/16 x 30 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

39.586

Medium or Technique

Limestone

On View

Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Relief

Relief fragment depicting a Median courtier leading two Parthian ambassadors to the royal presence at the annual “March of Nations” which took place in the Persian New Year festival near the spring equinox. This ceremony declared the loyalty of the nations encompassed by the Persian Empire to the king.

Provenance

From Persepolis, NW facade of apadana staircase. By 1931, Raphael Stora (dealer), New York; 1939, exchanged with Raphael Stora by the MFA. (Accession Date: April 13, 1939)

Credit Line

Maria Antoinette Evans Fund