Ancient Art

Fragment of a relief: Man holding covered cup

Late 6th–5th century B.C.


33 × 24.1 × 9.1 cm (13 × 9 1/2 × 3 9/16 in.)
Gift of the Associates in Fine Arts
Not on view
Near Eastern, Persian

From Persepolis (possibly Palace of Xerxes, west staircase, north flight, inner side)


Susan B. Matheson, Art for Yale: A History of the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2001), 71, fig. 57.

Theodore Sizer, “A Relief from Persepolis,” Bulletin of the Associates in Fine Arts at Yale University 6, no. 1 (September 1933): 6–8.

Handbook of the Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 277.

Erich Friedrich Schmidt, Persepolis I: Structures, Reliefs, Inscriptions (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1953).

Ann Elizabeth Farkas, Achaemenid Sculpture (Istanbul, Turkey: Nederlands Historisch-Archaeologisch Instituut in het Nabije Oosten, 1974).

Margaret Cool Root, The King and Kingship in Achaemenid Art: Essays on the Creation of an Iconography of Empire (Leiden, Netherlands: E. J. Brill, 1979).

Michael Roaf, “Sculptures and Sculptors at Persepolis,” Iran: Journal of the Institute of Persian Studies 21 (1983).

David Ake Sensabaugh and Susan B. Matheson, “Ada Small Moore: Collector and Patron,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2002): 43, 49, fig. 7.

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