Speltz, Alexander / Styles of ornament: exhibited in designs, and arranged in historical order, with descriptive text.
The Persian ornament, pp. -33
Imbossed work, representing the king Xerxes upon the throne (Roger-Miles). THE PERSIAN ORNAMENT. mnion and a continual state of unrest were the conditions permanent in the south-western part of Asia in olden times. The supremacy was ever changing and never fixed, and, as a consequence, the peoples who inhabited it were not in a position to develop any independent art distinct from each other. The conquerors or the conquered were always naturally influenced by the more advanced section of those with whom they were brought into contact. For these reasons, it is clear that Persian ornament can show but very little characteristic peculiarities, Egyptian, Assyrian, and Hellenic influences being all plainly d~~rna~ The beautiful buildings of the Persian kings were erected by artists who were made prisoners in the wars in Babylonia, Egypt, and in the Grecian colonies in Asia Minor. The first beginnings in Persian art were very probably made by the Medes, a people who conquered the kingdom of the Elomites with
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