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Fragment of limestone relief: the bearded guard is facing right and wearing a pleated head-dress carrying a 'dipylon', or figure-of-eight shield, on his left side and a spear in his right hand.
- Production date
- 6thC BC-5thC BC
Height: 90 centimetres
Width: 60 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- 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". S. Razmjou with St J. Simpson observed under raking angle-poise lamp light that the eye of this figure appears to glow a very dull red, suggesting ancient pigment (2002). No further cleaning should be undertaken on this object.
- On display (G52/dc5)
- Exhibition history
2006 7 Mar-11 Jun, Barcelona, Fundacion La Caixa, 'L'imperi Oblidat'
2005 Sept-2006 Jan, London, BM, 'Forgotten Empire'
2003 18 Oct-21 Dec, Kobe, Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, 'Alexander the Great: East-West Cultural Contacts from Greece to Japan'
2003 5 Aug-5 Oct, Tokyo National Museum, 'Alexander the Great: East-West Cultural Contacts from Greece to Japan'
1998 9 Feb-3 May, India, Mumbai, Sir Caswasjee Jahangir Hall, The Enduring Image
1997 13 Oct-1998 5 Jan, India, New Delhi, National Museum, The Enduring Image
1996 1 Oct-1997 31 Mar, USA, St. Petersburg, Florida International Museum, Alexander the Great: History and Legend
1995 21 Dec-1996 21 May, Rome, Fondazione Memmo, Alexander the Great: History and Legend
1975 Jul-ca 1990 - BM, Iranian Room [IR].
Probably displayed in the first Iranian Room, 1937/38.
Probably displayed in the Assyrian Transept (west wall), 1865-1937/38.
1831-1865 autumn-, BM, Grand Central Saloon, first recess.
- Fair; incomplete.
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Obtained in 1811 in Persepolis and presented by Sir Gore Ouseley 1825.
- Middle East
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