Head of a Persian Guard from Persepolis, Iran, c. 486-465 CE, limestone, 21.26" x 24.41" x 4.72", Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Photo by Marie-Lan Nguyen, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Just a Second: Bas-relief

Bas-relief (noun)

A sculpture in which the figures project only slightly from the background.

A Persian bas-relief dating from the first century CE, that looks very similar to the one shown above, is among the most recent art heists.  The sculpture of a head of a guard from ancient Assyria, worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, was stolen from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in the fall of 2011.  The museum’s insurance company is offering a hefty reward for its return, so watch for it!




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