Large Original Engraving of The Naqsh-e Rostam Tombs of Persian Kings, Published in 1720
Item Number: 14368
Large Original Engraving of the ancient Persian necropolis, Naqsh-e Rostam. Printed in 1720. Titled "Description des Tombeaux Autres Monumens Anciens que l'on trouve non loin de Persepolis dans une Montage de Roche Appelle La Montagne des Sepulchres." One large image of the Naqsh-e Rostam tombs. Two large detailed images of royal tombs with the header "Tombeau des Anciens Rois de Perse." French calligraphic text in the middle describing the tombs. The incredible series of ancient tombs known as Naqsh-e Rostam are located in central Iran, outside of the city of Shiraz, and were constructed over three thousand years ago. Naqsh-e Rostam consists of five different tombs, belonging to the Achaemenian Kings Darius 1, 2, and 3, as well as King Artaxerxes, and King Xerxes. The tombs are known locally as the 'Persian crosses', because of the shape of the facades. The entrance to the tombs is at the center of each cross, which opens onto to a small chamber, where the king lay in a sarcophagus. There are seven enormous relief’s chiselled into the mountain, depicting scenes of victorious battles and royal life. 17" x 21.5." Several small tears on blank margin not affecting image area or text. Two original folds. Overall in verygood condition.