- Museum number
Fragment of limestone relief: containing four and a half lines of Old Persian inscription in horizontal registers on the left, with carefully carved wedges framed by more carelessly carved borders. There is no sign of incised guidelines for the inscription but scratches around the ends of many of the wedges possibly deriving from the initial carving. A cypress tree is carved on the right of a plain protruding section.
- Production date
- 5thC BC
Height: 37 centimetres
Length: 83.80 centimetres
Weight: 66.50 kilograms (weighed for G52, March 2007)
Depth: 13.50 centimetres
- Inscription subject
- Curator's comments
Exhibition number 88 previously marked on the face of the object but already toned down when re-examined July 2005. The cast is listed as available in the British Museum Facsimile Service 'Catalogue of Replicas from British Museum collections' (n.d.), in the series "Persia". Remains of rectangular plaster area surviving on the back from previous attachment to gallery wall.
Joined to 118840.
- On display (G52/dc5)
- Exhibition history
2006 7 Mar-11 Jun, Barcelona, Fundacion La Caixa, 'L'imperi Oblidat'
2005-2006 Sept-Jan, London, BM, 'Forgotten Empire'
1937/38 BM, Iranian Room (probably)
1865-1937/38 BM, Assyrian Transept (west wall), probably
1831-1865 Autumn- BM, Grand Central Saloon, first recess
- Incomplete; traces of red gallery paint noted on the lower edge next to remains of supporting bracket, modern grey paint wash over the protruding section between the inscription and cypress tree, and whitish residue inside many of the wedges of the inscription (July 2005).
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Obtained at Persepolis in 1811 and presented by Sir Gore Ouseley in 1825.
- Middle East
- BM/Big number
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 88 (exhibition number)
Miscellaneous number: XPb (siglum)