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Susa: Soldiers' Relief


Persian palace guard, found at Susa. Now in the Louvre, Paris.
Persian soldier, from Susa (Louvre, Paris)
Susa (Elamitic, Babylonian: Šušim; Greek τὰ Σοῦσα): capital of Elam, favorite residence of the Persian king Darius I the Great.
 
 
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The palaces of the Achaemenid kings were often decorated with representations of long lines of soldiers, dressed for a festive occasion: although they carry arms, they have no shields or helmets. They are often called "Immortals" or "Apple Bearers", although "Companions" appears to have been their real name (more...). In Persepolis, they are carefully sculpted out of stone. In Susa, the soldiers were made from glazed brick, which gives us an idea of the colors. Other reliefs show lions (comparable to those from Babylon) and mythological creatures like sphinxes and winged lions. They are also very common.

When Susa was excavated at the end of the nineteenth century, the French archaeologists had a deal that every object made of gold and silver, was to remain in Iran (or Persia, as it was called in those days). As a consequence, the colorful reliefs are now in the Louvre in Paris, where they are illuminated by yellowish light, making it difficult to make good photos.
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Glazed relief of four soldiers from Susa. Louvre, Paris (France). Photo Marco Prins. Glazed relief of two soldiers from Susa. Louvre, Paris (France). Photo Marco Prins. Glazed relief of a soldier from Susa. Louvre, Paris (France). Photo Marco Prins. Glazed relief of a soldier from Susa. Louvre, Paris (France). Photo Marco Prins.
Glazed relief of four soldiers from Susa. Louvre, Paris (France). Photo Marco Prins. Glazed relief of four soldiers from Susa. Louvre, Paris (France). Photo Marco Prins. Glazed relief of a soldier from Susa. Louvre, Paris (France). Photo Marco Prins. Glazed relief of a soldier from Susa. Louvre, Paris (France). Photo Marco Prins.
Glazed relief from Susa. Louvre, Paris (France). Photo Marco Prins. Glazed relief of a soldier from Susa. Louvre, Paris (France). Photo Marco Prins. Glazed relief of two soldiers from Susa. Louvre, Paris (France). Photo Marco Prins. Glazed relief of a soldier from Susa. Louvre, Paris (France). Photo Marco Prins.
Glazed relief of a soldier from Susa. Louvre, Paris (France). Photo Marco Prins. Glazed relief of a lion from Susa. Louvre, Paris (France). Photo Marco Prins. Glazed relief of a lion from Susa. Louvre, Paris (France). Photo Marco Prins. Glazed relief of two sphinxes from Susa. Louvre, Paris (France). Photo Marco Prins.

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