Iranian art and handicrafts are displayed in an exhibit at the National Museum of Iran in cooperation with Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization, representing 9000 years of the roots of Iranian art, culture, and civilization.
The following video and accompanying description from the Bundeskunsthalle channel on YouTube displays some of the finest examples of the proud heritage of the treasures of Iranian art.
Although the narration is in German, one can thoroughly enjoy the visual journey with context provided in the translated description provided below.
IRAN. EARLY CULTURES BETWEEN WATER AND DESERT
April 13 to August 20, 2017 in the Bundeskunsthalle
From the eternal snow on the peaks of Alborz and Zagros to the scorching heat of the Lut desert: Iran is a land of contrasts, a land of extremes. But deserts and mountains enclose fertile valleys and lush oases, ecological niches that have been inhabited by humans since they settled down. First villages emerged, soon cities where handicrafts and trade flourished, and finally states whose names have been passed down from correspondence and discussions with Babylonia and later the Greeks.
This is where the Iranian civilizations have their roots, the development of which culminated in the rise of the Achaemenid Empire. The mountains offered protection and raw materials, wild animals and mythical beings populated the wilderness, as evidenced by their representations: the animal fighting scenes on stone vessels from the recently discovered burial grounds of Jiroft in southeastern Iran, the imaginative paintings on the ceramic vessels from Susa, the fighting scenes on the Gold cup from Hasanlu.
The exhibition lifts the veil from the long hidden treasures of the early Iranian cultures, from the 7th millennium BC. Until the rise of the Achaemenids in the 1st millennium BC. Chr., And it opens perspectives on a world of images little known in Europe from a country that has been closed for decades. The treasures from the graves of two Elamite princesses and the spectacular finds from the burial grounds of Jiroft are shown for the first time outside of Iran.
In cooperation with the National Museum of Iran and the Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization.
Bundeskunsthalle. IRAN – Behind the art. (2017, April 13). [YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCa4X-wKMNA&feature=youtu.be].