Glazed Brick Guardsman from Susa, Iran


published on 03 April 2016

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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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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