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Lion frieze from Darius I’s palace at Susa 3D Model
https://www.louvre.fr/en/oeuvre-notices/frieze-lions The Frieze of Lions is one of the rare decorative features of Darius’s palace at Susa to have been found more or less in its original place, at the foot of the north wall of the Eastern Court, the first to be entered by the visitor upon leaving the esplanade. The court probably housed an open-air throne, which would have stood on a dais, sheltered by a canopy. The frieze ran along the top of the wall, crowned by the still-visible battlements, the whole punctuated by the tall verticals of poles that probably carried flags . The scattered fragments of a trilingual inscription were found at the same place. The lions probably stood on either side of this inscription, which would have been at the center of the symmetrical composition. This arrangement, often found in the ancient Near East, recalls the animals that face each other on either side of a palmette or tree of life.