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Relief of a Persian guard

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This figure is one of the Achaemenid king's elite guard, who were called the Ten Thousand Immortals because if one soldier fell in battle, another would immediately step forward to take his place. The fragment was part of a long frieze depicting a single file of the Immortals. The relief was...

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From Persepolis. By 1940: with Dikran Kelekian, NY; 1940: purchased by the MFA from Dikran Kelekian for $12,500. (Accession date: April 11, 1940)

Credit Line

Archibald Cary Coolidge Fund

Near Eastern, Iranian, Persian, Achaemenid, reign of Xerxes, 486–464 B.C.

Place of Origin

Persepolis, Iran


Height x width: 53 x 46.5 cm (20 7/8 x 18 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Architectural elements, Relief