Category:Statue of Darius I

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Français : Statue de Darius Ier du Ve siècle av. J.-C., conservée au musée national d'Iran
English: The information panel in the museum says :

"The head and the upper body are now missing. This magnificent piece is the finest statue in the round to have survived from the Acheamenid period. The king wears a persian dress with a dagger stuck into his belt. The pleats of the robe are inscribed, on the right in cuneiform in the three offical languages of the empire – old persian(DSab), Elamite and Babylonean – and on the left in Egyptian hierogliphs. These inscriptions give the titles of the king and record that the statue was made in Egypt on the orders of Darius, probably to be set up in a temple in Heliopolis although the king wears a persian costume, the pillar at the back and the decoration on the base are Egyptian in style. On the front and back of the basis a representation of Hapi, the egyptian god of the Nile, and on the two long sides the peoples of the empire are are represented by twenty-four cartouch fortresses, each with the name in hierogliphs and a representation of them above.


The statue is of grey granite that chemical analysis has indicated comes from the Wadi Hammamat in eastern Egypt. It was made in Egypt and later brought in Susa possibly in the reign of Xerxes. There are traces of brownwish reddish paint on the folds of the dress. (H : 2.46 m ; base : 105 x 64 cm, h : 51 cm)."