Persian art

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Persian art Earliest manifestations of art in Persia (Iran) prior to the 7th-century development of Islamic art and architecture. The oldest pottery and engraved seals date back to c.3500 bc. The greatest achievements of Persian art occurred during the rule of the Achaemenid (c.550–330 bc) and Sassanid (ad 224–642) dynasties. The former is best represented by the low relief carvings and massive gateway figures executed for the palace of Darius at Persepolis. The Sassanians excelled at metalwork and sculpture.