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Relief of a Persian servant

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Relief of a Persian servant 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. In this relief, Persian and Median servants bring food and...

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From Persepolis, Palace of Xerxes, western stairway. 1931: purchased by the MFA through Arthur Upham Pope for £100. (Accession Date: May 7, 1931)

Credit Line

Charles Amos Cummings Fund

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

Place of Origin

Persepolis, Iran


Height x width: 69.2 x 32.1 cm (27 1/4 x 12 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Architectural elements, Relief