Tamara Talbot Rice
ANCIENT ARTS OF
Statue of the Sassanian king, Shapur II
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Illustration 70, p84 in Tamara Talbot Rice, Ancient Arts of Central Asia, 1965
70 Statue: King Shapur I. Stone (in situ) 26′ (7.90 m). Bishapur (Mudan Cave), second half of the third century. Photo: Thames and Hudson Archives
70 Colossal stone statue of the Sassanian king. Shapur II, which lies fallen from its base in the cave where it was originally set up. The importance which the Sassanians attached to details of costume and insignia of office is clearly apparent, but the face shows far more regard for psychological likeness than was usual in royal portraits of this type. Late third century
Parthia, an extract from ANCIENT ARTS OF CENTRAL ASIA by Tamara Talbot Rice