The facts are these. Amytis was the daughter of Xerxes I (r. 486-465 BC), the sister of Artaxerxes I (r. 465-424 BC) and the wife of the Persian satrap and general Megabyzus. For the purposes of fiction, I’ve given her the dates 489-439 BC. She’s shown here at the age of around 20, some years after her marriage, and shortly before her father’s murder.
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‘The Lion Hunter’ story had to start from Amytis, because she is the central figure of your Persian universe. Everything starts and ends with her. I really like the profile (I beheld her only en face previously) – girlish and feminine at the same time, serious and thoughtful. All the details are in perfect harmony – delicate red lips, rosy cheeks, elaborate hairstyle, and jewelry. I really, really like this image. Also, because her pose reminds me of Renaissance women’s portraits.
I’m looking forward the next images, especially with Megabyzus. With the right profile of Megabyzus … 😉