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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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Provenance

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

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

40.170

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Architectural elements, Relief