Naqsh-i Rustam (also Naqsh-e Rustam; in English, the Throne of Rustam) was considered a sacred mountain range in the Elamite periods
(early first millennium BCE). The façades of Naqsh-i Rustam became the burial site for four Achaemenid rulers and their families in
the fifth and fourth centuries BCE, as well as a major center of sacrifice and celebration during the Sasanian period between the
third and seventh century CE. These squeezes are from the Tomb of Darius I.
We are excited to reopen the Freer on October 7, 2017, following a renovation to allow us to better present our art and serve our visitors. The Sackler remains open, with a full lineup of exhibitions and events both in the museum and around DC.