The Lamassu of the Western Gates of “The Gate of All Nations”


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The Lamassu of the Western Gates of "The Gate of All Nations"
This interpretative essay will define the important symbolism of the Lamassu bas-reliefs at the western gate of the Gate of All nations circa 486-480 B.C. The primary attraction of this form of low–relief sculpture defines the important relationship that Xerxes beheld with foreign ambassadors, conquered kings, and other visitors that raveled through this gate. The Lamassu was an important symbol of the power of the Persian Empire, which was expressed differently in the two eastern and western gateways linked with The Gate of All Nations. Visitors would have likely seen both gates, but it was the western gate that define the more universal and less Persian design ideology as a...
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.....olerant and universal orientated architect and sculptural designers in his use of the Lamassu as a the universal guardian of the Persian Empire during this epoch in ancient history.
Aminisam, M.H.
2007 Persepolis: Takht-E-Jamshid. New York: AuthorHouse.
Curtis, J.E.
2005 Forgotten Empire: The World of Ancient Persia. Los Angeles: University of California Press.
Dandamaev, Muhammad
2004 The Culture and Social Institutions of Ancient Iran. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
“Lammasu, Bas-Relief Column, Western Gate: Circa 486-480 B.C.” last modified Novemeber 3, 2011.
“Persepolis.” last modified October 23, 2011.