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Excavation of Persepolis (Iran): Squeeze of Inscription, XPb, Old Persian Version, on the West Panel of the North Stairway of the Apadana

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Herzfeld, Ernst 1879-1948  Search this
Herzfeld, Ernst 1879-1948  Search this
Physical description:
1 paper squeeze : b&w ; 19 in.x 32 in. (48.2 cm. x 81.2 cm.)
Paper Squeezes
Iran, Fars, Takht-e Jamshid, Apadana
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, "XPb = Xerxes, Persepolis B: Old Persian only, in 30 lines, on the north side of the colonnaded hall of Xerxes."
- Additional information from Joseph Upton's Finding Aid reads, "Squeeze No. 97. Persepolis, stairway in front of Apadāna."
- 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. Besides the platform itself, the earliest known monument was undoubtedly the small and yet charming Palace of Darius (the Tachara), which crowns the acropolis at its western quarter. Then Darius planned and partly completed the great audience palace (the Apadāna), a project which was expanded and completed by his son Xerxes. The first four lines of inscription (=XPb) carved on the west panel of the north stairway of the Apadāna were also removed (in two fragments) and eventually housed in the British Museum (No. 118840 and 118841)." [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. 97: Lines 19-24, second from bottom left edge."
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 58
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.C097
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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