History of Art in Persia (Google eBook)

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Chapman and Hall, limited, 1892 - Architecture - 508 pages
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Page 153 - And when these days were expired, the king made a feast unto all the people that were present in Shushan the palace, both unto great and small, seven days, in the court of the garden of the king's palace; where were white, green, and blue hangings, fastened with cords of fine linen and purple to silver rings and pillars of marble: the beds were of gold and silver, upon a pavement of red, and blue, and white, and black marble.
Page 367 - I (am) the son of Artaxerxes, the king; Artaxerxes (was) the son of Darius the king; Darius (was) the son of Artaxerxes the king; Artaxerxes (was) the son of Xerxes the king; Xerxes (was) the son of Darius the king; Darius was the son of Hystaspes by name; Hystaspes was the son of Arsames by name, the Achaemenide.
Page 87 - ... groping to strike out a path of its own. On the contrary, the rock-cut tombs are coeval with the palaces of Darius and Xerxes and if in them the shaft is plain, it was because the vaults stood at a considerable height above ground. To have made them fluted therefore, would have still further reduced the column and divested it of a frank clear aspect when viewed at that distance. To obviate so untoward a contingency the Persian sculptor modified the forms as the Greeks often did in similar...
Page 42 - ... Commission zur Bestimmung der türkisch-persischen Grenze und zur Untersuchung der Tigris- und Euphratmündungen zusammenhängen, in Südchaldäa und Susiana. Sie sind im Jahr 1849 — 1852, dann für eigentliche Ausgrabungen im Jahr 1854 gemacht worden. Vgl. Loftus, Travels and researches in Chaldaea and Susiana with an account of excavations at Warka and Shush in 1849 — 1852 under the Orders of majorgeneral Sir TW Williams of Cars. London 1857. Eine einzige Trümmerstätte, wie die von Warka...
Page 367 - A great god is Auramazda, who created this earth, who created that heaven, who created mankind, who gave prosperity to mankind, who made me, Artaxerxes, king, the sole king of multitudes, the sole ruler of multitudes, " Thus speaks Artaxerxes, the great king, the king of kings, the king of countries, the king of this earth. I am the son of King Artaxerxes, Artaxerxes (was) the son of King Darius, Darius (was) the son of King Artaxerxes, Artaxerxes (was) the son of King Xerxes, Xerxes (was) the son...
Page 92 - ... the axis of the shaft. There is no junction or intermediary moulding between the tapering column and the rectangular member at the beginning of the capital akin to the echinus of the Doric capital. Hence it is that the support presents harsh contrasts which imperfectly satisfy the eye and are very near offending it.
Page 87 - In the latter case the anomaly is to be explained by the fact that the building to which the support belonged dates from a time when Persian art had not constituted itself and was as yet groping to strike out a path of its own. On the contrary, the rockcut tombs are coeval with the palaces...
Page 386 - ... small portion of hair beneath it. A circle (of what I could not make out) is just over the ear ; and three lines, marked down the back of the head, seem to indicate braidings. His beard is short, bushy, and curled with the neatest regularity : the face is so much broken, only the contour can be traced. From the bend of the arm to the bottom of the garment, runs a border of roses, carved in the most beautiful style, from which flows a waving fringe, extending round the skirt of the dress ; the...
Page 393 - On the inclined plains, corresponding with the slope of the stairs, runs a kind of frieze, on which is cut a line of figures, one foot nine inches high, answering in number to the steps, each one of which appears to form a pedestal for its relative figure. The figures themselves appear to he a lengthened rank of those already described on each side of the blank tablet : and a similar range runs up the opposite slope.
Page 8 - African continent, a little south of the tropic of Capricorn, from the shores of the Indian Ocean to those of the Atlantic. In 1855 the...

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