Darius and Xerxes Giving Audience
Date ca. 490 BCE
Movement Ancient Near Eastern | Achaemenid
Dimensions height 8’4″
Provenance Persepolis, Iran
Housed at Archaeological Museum, Tehran, Iran
Quite different from the registers at Sargon II’s citadel, the reliefs found within the Audience Hall of Darius and Xerxes showcase peaceful scenes of representatives from throughout the 23 Persian states coming to pay homage to the king, in what some scholars believe to be the New Year’s processional ceremony. Though the reliefs are in fact shallow, the artist has skillfully created the impression of depth by reserving the stronger curves for each figure’s outer edges and by keeping the background exceptionally smooth.