British Museum Showcases Iranian Heritage: The Rich History of 15th Century Iran Is Explored in London
Dabrowska, Karen, The Middle East
"He is equally at home on the dervish's mat and the royal throne." These two preoccupations of Shah 'Abbas, a leading figure in the creation of modern Iran, described by biographer Iskandar Munsti Bey in 1629, are the focus of a major exhibition at the British Museum, staged as Iran celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Islamic revolution.
The exhibition is a remarkable achievement for Neil MacGregor, director of the British Museum, and Sheila Canby, its curator, as eight separate Iranian institutions have contributed and loaned artefacts, never before seen outside Iran.
MacGregor sees similarities between 'Abbas and his …
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Publication information: Article title: British Museum Showcases Iranian Heritage: The Rich History of 15th Century Iran Is Explored in London. Contributors: Dabrowska, Karen - Author. Magazine title: The Middle East. Issue: 400 Publication date: May 2009. Page number: 76+. © 2009 IC Publications Ltd. COPYRIGHT 2009 Gale Group.
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