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Relief of Median courtier and tribute bearers

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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...

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

Credit Line

Maria Antoinette Evans Fund

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

Place of Origin

Persepolis, Iran


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Architectural elements, Relief