Stone relief from Persepolis showing a servant
Achaemenid Persian, 4th century BC From Persepolis, south-west Iran. A servant in the royal court of Persia. This relief from Persepolis shows a servant wearing so-called Median dress: a distinctive knee-length tunic, tightly fitting trousers and a cap with ear-flaps and neck-guard. This is different from the usual Persian costume of a long pleated dress. He also wears the akinakes, or typical Achaemenid short sword.