Darius and Xerxes Giving Audience

Darius and Xerxes Giving Audience

Date ca. 490 BCE

Movement Ancient Near EasternAchaemenid

Medium Limestone

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.