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Epic Iran : 5000 years of culture

documentary heritage
  • Other Name

    5000 years of culture (Alternate title)

    Five thousand years of culture (Alternate title)

  • Description

    "The Iranian Plateau extends for close to 2,000 km, encompassing dizzying mountain ranges, rolling hills, forests and rich farm lands. It has been home to some of the greatest civilizations of both the ancient and medieval worlds, with spectacular achievements in scholarship and material culture - but these remain poorly known internationally. This lavishly illustrated publication tells the story of Iran from the dawn of the historical period in 5,000 BC to today.

    It is unique in combining the ancient and Islamic periods as well as contemporary art, from sculpture to goldsmiths' work, from ceramics and glass to illustrated manuscripts, and from textiles and carpets to oil paintings, drawings and photographs. 'Epic Iran' powerfully conveys the beauty and fragility of Iranian art and opens our eyes to the attainments of a tenacious and fascinating culture."--Publisher's description

  • Place
  • Other Id

    N7280 CUR 2021 (Library of Congress Call Number)

    92790 (Cat ID)

    92560 (Presto content ID)

  • Department

Images and documents


  • Object Type
  • Name/Title
    Epic Iran : 5000 years of culture
  • Other Name

    5000 years of culture (Alternate title)

    Five thousand years of culture (Alternate title)

  • Primary Maker
  • Contributor/Publisher
    V&A Publishing
  • Place
  • Date
  • Physical Description

    336 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color map ; 30 cm

  • Language
  • Level of Current Record
    Bib record
  • Member Object

    1 item in this collection. View all items.

  • Subject Category
  • Content
    Introduction / Tim Stanley -- Emerging Iran: silent treasures from the dawn of history / John Curtis -- The Persian Empire / John Curtis -- Last of the ancient empires: the Iranian Renaissance / John Curtis-- Change of faith: the advent of Islam / Tim Stanley-- The Iranian synthesis: an identity reborn / Tim Stanley -- Literary excellence / Tim Stanley -- Royal patronage / Tim Stanley -- The old and the new / Tim Stanley -- Modern and contemporary Iran / Ina Sarikhani Sandmann
    Includes bibliographical references (pages 320-322) and index
  • Public Access Text

    [Keywords: Illumination of books and manuscripts, Iranian; Illumination of books and manuscripts--Iran; ART--General; Illumination of books and manuscripts, Iranian]

    Published to accompany the exhibition Epic Iran at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, from 13 February 2021 to 30 August 2021

  • Collection Type
    General Collection
  • Last Update
    19 Dec 2023
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