The Medes and Persians, who came late in an East that had been the cradle of the oldest known civilizations, managed in a few decades to bring down the empires of Assur and Babylon, based on terror.
This effigy comes from the palace of Persepolis: according to the oriental tradition, it symbolizes an ideal human type, which reflects well, by the serenity of its features, the wisdom and the hard-fought vigour which made the admiration of the Greeks.
Reproduction in patinated resin
Height: 28 cm.
Length: 26 cm.
Depth: 12 cm.
Weight: 5 kg.
Period: 5th century BC, Achaemenid Art.
Museum: Paris - Museum of the Louvre.