- Museum number
Fragment of stone relief: showing two grooms wearing so-called "Median dress" moving right and holding whips; unfinished sculpture.
- Production date
- 6thC BC-5thC BC
Height: 45 centimetres
Weight: 60 kilograms (weighed for G52, March 2007)
Thickness: 12 centimetres
Width: 78 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Unfinished sculpture; roughly vertical line running between the two figures, to the left of which the details are finished whereas to the right only the outlines have been roughed out.
Joins 1870,1210.2 (BM. 118847).
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".
- Bibliographic references
Ouseley 1821 / Travels in Various Countries of the East; more particularly Persia (pl. XLVI)
Barnett 1957a / Persepolis (p. 60, pls XV: 1, XVIII: 2)
Curtis 1989a / Ancient Persia (pp. 46-47, fig. 53)
Bettles, Davies & Smith 1995a / A stela of the Persian period from Saqqara (p.30) (cited in discussion)
Curtis 2000a / Ancient Persia (51, fig. 3)
Mitchell T 2000a / The Persepolis sculptures in the British Museum (p. 52, pl. XXII.e)
Curtis & Tallis 2005 / Forgotten Empire: The world of Ancient Persia (cat. 23, p. 69)
Sweek and Simpson 2009 / An unfinished Achaemenid sculpture from Persepolis (p.83-88, p.84, fig.1, p.85, fig.2-4, p.86, fig.5-7, p.87, fig.8-9)
- 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'.
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 in the first recess.
- Incomplete; roughly vertical crack through the leading figure, previously crudely repaired on the reverse with a lead strip, brick fragment and plaster and now unstable with movement in the break (therefore rejected from loan abroad 25/2/03 without extensive conservation work); extensive 19th century light brown over-painting across the face, apparently to render the background similar to those other fragments which are covered with iron staining; additional traces of light blue gallery paint on the bottom edge of the fragment.
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Obtained at Persepolis in 1811 and presented by Sir Gore Ouseley in 1825.
- Middle East
- BM/Big number
- Registration number