This was part of a frieze depicting rows of guards. The vivid colors show how the carved stone sculptures would have looked when they were painted. The guards were thought to be members of the 1000 special royal guards. They were said to have formed part of the royal army known as the "Immortals" because their strength was always apparently maintained at this level. From the east gate of Palace, Susa, Iran. Achaemenid period, circa 521-500 BCE. Permanent loan from the Musee de Louvre. Currently it is housed in the the British museum, London.
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