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Persian sculptors influenced and were influenced by Greek sculpture.
Other artworks from this period include dazzling gold and silver swords, drinking horns, and intricate jewellery. Persian art under the Parthians, after the death of Alexander the Great, was a different story.
This grew up during the eighth and ninth centuries, roughly concurrent with the era of Irish illuminated manuscripts and became an Iranian speciality.
The art of ancient Persia includes architecture, painting, sculpture and goldsmithing from the early kingdom of Iran in southwest Asia.
The term "Persia" derives from a region of southern Iran previously known as Persis, or Parsa, which itself was the name of an Indo-European nomadic people who migrated into the region about 1000 BCE.
For more about this, see also: Traditional Chinese Art: Characteristics.
Early Persian artworks include the intricate ceramics from Susa and Persepolis (c.3500 BCE), as well as a series of small bronze objects from mountainous Luristan (c.1200-750 BCE), and the treasure trove of gold, silver, and ivory objects from Ziwiye (c.700 BCE).