Bull Capital of Persepolis

Bull Capital of Persepolis

Date ca. 500 BCE

Movement Ancient Near EasternAchaemenid

Provenance Persepolis, Iran

Housed at Musée du Louvre, Paris

 

Capitals such as these would have adorned the column shafts of the palace Audience Hall of Darius and Xerxes. Just like the columns themselves, these, too, incorporate styles from a multitude of cultures— the bulls, common in Assyrian works, meet back- to-back, a motif often used in Iranian art.