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One of the Louvre Museum lions from the famous glazed bricks friezes found in the apadana (Darius the Great's palace) in Susa (Shush) by archeologist Marcel Dieulafoy and brought in Paris. Such polychromic friezes used to decorate the Achaemenian king's palaces in their capitales of Shush, Ecbatane, and Persepolis. Such art was inspired by the old mesopotamian palatial art, as testify this babylonian style lion, and shows the genious persian synthesis of the various artistic movements and traditions coming from all the empires corners.


Pavillon Sully at the Louvre museum, Paris, France, July 2008

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Taken on August 27, 2008