May 29, 2021, 3:27 PM
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Epic Iran Exhibition opens in London

London, May 29, IRNA – Titled “Epic Iran” exhibition exploring five thousand years of mystical Iran in The Victoria and Albert Museum in London, delves into 5,000 years of the history of the nation.

The " Epic Iran " Exhibition opened on Thursday in The Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

The Victoria and Albert Museum in London hosts the exhibition of Iranian art, design, and culture.

Organizers say the sections are expected to transport visitors to “a city, complete with gatehouse, gardens, palace, and library”.

Epic Iran Exhibition opens in London

The first section introduces the "Land of Iran" with striking imagery of the country's dramatic and varied landscapes – all of which have shaped the country's social, economic, and political history.

Some sections feature objects decorated with recurring animal and nature motifs, and figurines and items from everyday life, including earrings and belt fragments, which were made from 3200 BC to the Achaemenid era (c.550 – 330 BC).

The fourth section, “Last of the Ancient Empires", covers a period of dynastic change with Alexander the Great overthrew the Persian Empire in 331 BC. This section showcases Parthian and Sassanid sculpture, stone reliefs, gold and silverware, coins, as well as Zoroastrian iconography.

Epic Iran Exhibition opens in London

The fifth section, “The Book of Kings”, is a prelude to the sections devoted to Islamic Iran. It shows how Iran's long history before the coming of Islam was understood in later centuries – primarily through the Shahnameh, or Book of Kings, which is the world's greatest epic poem, completed by the poet Ferdowsi around 1010 CE.

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