This architectural decoration comes from the palace of Darius I in Susa, built around 510 BCE. It was made from coloured glazed bricks, and shows a parade of men armed with spears, bows and quivers. This figurative scene is framed by geometric friezes, top and bottom.

© Franck Raux / RMN
Frieze of archers from the palace of Darius, conserved in the Louvre.