The Guardian of Persepolis: Analysis of the Bas-Relief Sculpture of the Lamassu

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Essay #: 071703
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The Guardian of Persepolis: A Symbolic and Formal Analysis of the Bas-Relief Sculpture of the Lamassu at the Eastern Entrance of the Gate of All Nations
This art study will examine the bas-relief sculptures of the Lamassu as a the symbolic protectors of Persepolis at the Gate of All Nations. These massive sculptured structures depicting winged bulls with a Persian bearded man’s head reveal the powerful image of protection that was deeply ingrained in Persian culture during its creation circa 486-480. By describing the monumental size and formal qualities of this massive sculpture, it represents the cultural apogee of the reigns of Darius the Great and Xerxes I during the height of the Persian Empire in this historical epoch. Through the...
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.....ged bird, as well as the human attributes that amalgamated the legacy of Mesopotamian culture at the height of the Persian empire during the latter part of the 5th century B.C.
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“Lammasu, Bas-Relief Column, Circa 486-480 B.C.” last modified October 23, 2011. http://www.livius.org/a/iran/persepolis/gate/persepolis_gate_all_nations_26.JPG
“Persepolis.” last modified October 23, 2011.
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