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Replica of Parthian Statue to Go on Show in Germany


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Parthian Dynasty

 13 March 2004




A major piece of the National Iranian Museum is the sculpture of an Parthian prince known as Shami, which by many considered to be the statue of Parthian General, the Surena. Its replica will soon go on display in a forthcoming exhibition of 7,000 years of Iranian metal works and mining in Germany, curator of the museum said.

Mohammad Reza Kargar noted a same-size replica of the unique sculpture has been built for display in the German exhibition to be held in the Bochum museum. He remarked the absence of the relic from the National Iranian Museum would have not been welcome.

The sculpture has been filled with lime in order to stop it from destruction, making it too heavy to move.

“Currently, the restoration experts are investigating the lime to see if they can extract it from the bronze piece,” Kargar added.

The Parthian sculpture was found on the west bank of the Karun river. Its severed head and hands were later attached to it. Measuring 1.94 meter in length, it features a bearded man with moustache. It is believed to have been built in first century B.C.



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