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Tribute Bearer

ca. 650 BCE-330 BCE
22 5/8 x 12 5/8 in. (57.5 x 32 cm)

Unknown, Persian
Persian

Object Type: Sculpture
Medium and Support: Limestone
Credit Line: R.T. Miller Fund
Accession Number: 1944.1
Location: Currently on view
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The Tribute Bearer, shown wearing a typical Persian costume and ascending a staircase with his offering, was one of hundreds of brightly-painted stone relief sculptures on the palace walls and stairways of Persepolis, the spiritual center of the Achaemenid Empire. The figure represents one of 23 tribute-bearing delegations from all parts of the Empire that arrived at Persepolis for the annual spring New Year’s festival.

[Gallery label text, 2009]

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Khawami Shirazi, Iraq; Dikran G. Kelekian, Inc. (dealer), New York, Paris, and Cairo; purchased from him by the Gallery in 1944

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