This etching employs four individual zinc plates to produce one single image all four plates were aligned and positioned on the printing press bed in a two plate over two plate design. I hand printed the works with French oil based etching inks on RivesBFK white paper AT THE CENTER FOR WORKS ON PAPER IN PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA. This etching was inspired by photographic images from archaeological expeditions in Iran 1931-1939, conducted by The University of Chicago Oriental Institute. The site was of the ancient city of Persepolis, and the images are carved reliefs from THE APADANA a massive hypostyle hall. Persepolis, meaning city of Persians, was the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire ca. 550 to 330 BC. Persepolis is situated 70 km northeast of city of Shiraz. 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 completed by Xerxes I. This work is from the LAST EDITION of FOUR EDITIONS. Each plate measures five-inches high by four inches wide. Print size is 15 inches high by 12 inches wide, or 26cm x 21cm. Shipment costs not included in price.