This etching employs four individual zinc plates to produce one single image and, all four were aligned and positioned on the printing press bed in a two-over-two design height by width. Techniques for this four-plated etching included aquatint, intaglio, Chine colle,and drypoint. The work was inspired by photographic images from archeological expeditions in Iran 1931-1939, conducted by The University of Chicago, Oriental Institute, of the ancient city of Persepolis. The images are carved reliefs from THE APADANA a massive hypostyle hall. Persepolis, meaning city of Persians,1 was the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire ca. 550 to 330 BC. Persepolis is situated 70 km northeast of city of Shiraz in the Fars Province in Iran. The earliest remains of Persepolis date from around 515 BC. It exemplifies the Achaemenid style of architecture. UNESCO declared the citadel of Persepolis a World Heritage Site in 1979An Apadana from Old Persian is a large hypostyle hall, the best-known examples being the great audience hall and portico at Persepolis and the palace of Susa. The Persepolis Apadana belongs to the oldest building phase of the city of Persepolis, the first half of the 5th century BC, as part of the original design by Darius the Great. Its construction was completed by Xerxes I. p Mulberry bark paper was employed in the chine colle process. Please note that this etching is shipped to the buyer without a frame or mat. This keeps the price reasonable and also allows the collector a wide range of choice in framing selection. For shipment, a sturdy cardboard box is employed. The etching is first wrapped in two layers of acid free glassine and then placed between two archival boards. This is next placed into the shipping box and securely packed with bubble wrap. The price does not include any shipment cost.