Immortal Archers of the Palace of Susa in Persepolis
These archers were found in the Susa Palace, belonging to Darius at Persepolis, the actual Iran. It is glazed ceramic reliefs of about the year 510 before Christ. It is also known as the Frieze of Archers. Impassive, but with large attentive eyes, they stand guard in a waiting attitude. These archers probably were part of the personal guard of the Persian king.
It belongs to the Persian sculpture, in Mesopotamia, when that civilization was absorbed by the Persians. About the Persian sculpture, they inherit the Assyrian art, but with changes in theme. The scenes of cruelty are gone, and the technique is influenced by Greeks. The reliefs are the most important.
The Mesopotamian civilization was developed around the Euphrates and Tigris rivers. Due to the constant wars, they didn’t achieve a constant political unity. Since the VI century, subdued and dominated by the Persians, ceases to exist as an independent civilization and begins to live within the Persian culture.
In conclusion, the Frieze of Archers is a Persian artwork that, for me, is a sober representation of guardian archers, which gives a sense of seriousness, and you can see that the Persians were an important civilization.
This artwork is in the Louvre Museum in Paris, France.