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Excavation of Persepolis (Iran): Squeeze of "Foundation Inscriptions", DPe, Old Persian Version, Inscribed on Southern Terrace Wall

Catalog Data

Herzfeld, Ernst 1879-1948  Search this
Herzfeld, Ernst 1879-1948  Search this
Physical description:
1 paper squeeze : b&w ; 34 in.x 37 in. (86.4 cm. x 94 cm.)
Paper Squeezes
Iran, Fars, Takht-e Jamshid, Southern Terrace Wall
Persepolis (Iran)
- Title is provided by Xavier Courouble, FSg Archives cataloger, based on Roland G. Kent's publication, "Old Persian. Grammar, Texts, Lexicon. 2nd Revised Edition. American Oriental Society, Vol. 33. American Oriental Society, New Haven, Connecticut, 1953," and Joseph Upton's Catalogue of the Herzfeld Archive."
Finding aid available in the Archives Department and on Internet
Papers squeezes are organized in sequential number following language scripts, which are housed in folders, and stored in metal flat files
- Original handwritten annotation reads, "."
- Information from Roland G. Kent's 1953 publication reads, "DPe = Darius, Persepolis E: Old Persian only, 24 lines, on the south retaining wall of the palace."
- Additional information from Joseph Upton's Finding Aid reads, "Squeeze No. 70. Persepolis, Great Terrace inscription. Old Persian text, 70b."
- Additional information from Corpus Inscriptionum Iranicarum; Part I, Inscriptions of Ancient Iran; Vol. I, The Old Persian Inscriptions reads, "The architectural activities in Persepolis started soon after 519 B.C. ...and continued until Alexander's arrival in 330 B.C.. The structures -and hence the cuneiform inscriptions- of Persepolis were thus created in the space of nearly two hundred years. The original approach to the Persepolis platform was from the south, but Xerxes blocked that entry when he finished the north-western stairway. Not far from the original southern stairway, Darius the Great had carved, on a single block, four cuneiform texts (DPd and DPe in Old Persian, DPf in Elamite, and DPg in Babylonian). These serve as the 'foundation inscriptions' of Persepolis." [Corpus Inscriptionum Iranicarum; Part I, Inscriptions of Ancient Iran; Vol. I, The Old Persian Inscriptions; Portfolio I: Plates i-xlviii. Old Persian Inscriptions of the Persepolis platform. Edited by A. Shapur Shahbazi. Published by Lund Humphries, London, 1985. Pp.15-16."]
- Additional information from staff reads, "Squeeze No. 70: 70b, lines 16-24, top center."
Cite as:
The Ernst Herzfeld papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C
Repository Loc.:
Map case drawers Drawer 57
Smithsonian Institution, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives, 1050 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20013-7012
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Local number:
FSA A.6 06.C070
Restrictions & Rights:
Access is by appointment only, Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please contact the Archives to make an appointment:
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Ernst Herzfeld Papers 1899-1962
Ernst Herzfeld Papers, Series 6: Paper Squeezes of Inscriptions 1903-1947
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives