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Persian Statue Museum Replica - Architectural Detail. Zoroastrian Cosmology For Sale
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Persian statue of the double bull - Architectural detail. Zoroastrian cosmology
Persian double bull
Architectural detail - Column capital
(including stand) - 19 cm / 7-1/2 inches
Width - (head to head) - 18.5 cm / 7-1/4 inches
Base depth - 11.5 cm / 4-1/2 inches
On offer here is afine replica of a double bullarchitectural detail that would have graced the top of an indoorPersian column.Made of a limestone and quartzite composition stone, this specialpiecehas an aged, light ochre patina and is mounted on a removable felt based stand.
One of the most celebratedarchitectural elements of the Persian empire,this is a replica of an actual double bull fragmentthat survived the destruction of a Persian palace complex.
Persepolis and it's great 'palace of a hundred columns' was the most elaborate building of the Achaemenid period (550-330 B.C.E). Gigantic columns of stone were erected, crowned with large double bulls supporting cedar beams that in turn supported a vast temple roof. Other similarly impressive complexes existed in Susa and Ecbatana, all sharing the iconography of the double bull ornamentation.
Thissmall, yet elaborate example, would have been inuse within an inner sanctum of the royal complex and would also have supported timber beams resting securelybetween the two heads of the bulls.
The bull is a feature of Zoroastrian cosmology and was created by Ahura Mazda along with the first primordial man (Gayomard). The bull as it approached death, scattered seed that became the plants and animals of the Earth. When Gayomard withered he tooemitted seed that grew into a plant whose leaves became the first human couple.