Magnificent Achaemenid glassware is on display at the National Museum of Iran

TEHRAN — Rare and exquisite Achaemenid glassware has been exhibited at the National Museum of Iran.

“On loan from the (neighboring) Abgineh Museum, the object is an exquisite, glass rhyton bearing a cow being attacked by a lion,” CHTN said on Tuesday, citing Jebrael Nokandeh, director of the National Museum.

“The object from the Achaemenid period (circa 550 – 330 BC) is a masterpiece because, as a glassware, its creator artist had a very limited time to make decorations.”

The artist should be done before the melted paste cools, and it’s difficult to bring such an intricate depiction even with today’s technology, Nokandeh said.

Achaemenid [Persian] Empire was the largest and most enduring empire of its time. The empire stretched from Ethiopia, through Egypt, Greece, Anatolia (modern Turkey), Central Asia and India.

The royal city of Persepolis ranks among the archaeological sites that have no equivalent, given its unique architecture, urban planning, construction technology and art. Persepolis, also known as Takht-e Jamshid, whose magnificent ruins rest at the foot of Kuh-e Rahmat (Mountain of Mercy) is located 60 kilometers northeast of the city of Shiraz in the province of Fars .

The city was burned down by Alexander the Great in 330 BC. apparently in revenge against the Persians, as it seems that the Persian king Xerxes burned down the Greek city of Athens around 150 years earlier. The huge city terrace was begun around 518 BC. AD by Darius the Great, king of the Achaemenid Empire. On this terrace, successive kings erected a series of palatial buildings of stunning architecture, among them the huge Apadana Palace and the Throne Hall (“Hall of a Hundred Columns”).

This 13 ha complex of majestic entrances, monumental staircases, throne rooms (Apadana), reception rooms and outbuildings is classified among the largest archaeological sites in the world. Persepolis was the seat of government of the Achaemenid Empire, although it was designed primarily to be a place of spectacle and a spectacular center for the receptions and festivals of the kings and their empire.


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