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[Sasanian Relief Sculpture at Naqsh-i Rustam: The Investiture of King Ardeshir I by the Zoroastrian God Ohrmazd]

Artist:
Luigi Pesce (Italian, 1818–1891)
Date:
1850s
Medium:
Salted paper print from paper negative
Dimensions:
18.8 x 23.6 cm. (7 3/8 x 9 5/16 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Gift of Charles K. and Irma B. Wilkinson, 1977
Accession Number:
1977.683.66
Not on view
With an authority that no other medium could achieve, the newly invented process of photography brought western Europeans a truthful and evocative record of faraway sights. Luigi Pesce, a Neapolitan who became commander in chief of the Persian infantry in 1848, made the earliest photographs of Persian antiquities and Islamic architecture.
This view of a third-century sculptural relief at Naqsh-i Rustam, near Persepolis, in modern-day Iran, is one of seventy-five rare early photographs of the region in an album donated to the Metropolitan by the late Charles K. Wilkinson. Wilkinson joined the Museum's archaeological expedition in Egypt in 1920, became curator of Ancient Near Eastern Art in 1956, and headed the Department from 1959 until his retirement in 1963.
Inscription: Artist's signature in negative, BR: "Pesce"; inscribed in ink on print, verso BLC: "66."; inscribed in pencil on print, verso BLC: "Persepolis."; inscribed in pencil on print, verso BRC: "8."
Charles Wilkinson

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 8," March 14, 1995–June 11, 1995.

The 18 photographs on the pages 59-76 are taken in the ruins of Persopolis. Des Ruines de Persopolis, au mond-est de Shiraz, capitale de Fars se Prolongentau deja de vingt milles vers le Nord.

The 3rd-century AD relief at Naqsh-i Rustam, near Persepolis, in modern-day Iran, shows the investiture of the Sasanian King Ardeshir I (reigned 224-241) by the Zoroastrian god Ohrmazd (Ahuramazda). See also Islamic Dept. 1977.392.4a, b for the cover.
See also Islamic Dept. 1977.392.4a, b for the original binding.
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