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Stolen Iranian Heritage Under Hammer in Paris


News Category: Cultural Disaster

 12 October 2004



A large collection of antiques and archeological works including some items from Iran, went on sale in Paris Auction Center on October 7-8.

According to Fars news agency, some 520 antiques including statues, pottery, stone and Sasanian metal dishes, gem-studded jewelry, manuscripts and miniatures were auctioned in Paris.

The antiques, which originated from many countries including Iran, Greece, Azerbaijan Republic, Egypt, India, Turkey, Syria and Spain, were categorized under ancient works, Islamic art, Armenian art and weaving in separate pavilions.
A large number of Iranian historical objects which went under the hammer dated back to the Sassanid, Samanid, Abbasid, Seljuqid, Ilkhanid, Safavid and Qajar eras.

Some of these works have been unearthed from ancient cities such as Shoush, Amlash, Lorestan, Neishabour, Kashan and Gorgan.

A bronze goblet dating back to eight century BC and a silver plate belonging to Sassanid era were the two important pieces among the objects.

The goblet, which is 24 centimeters high, was designed on the back of a person riding a cow and the cow's legs form the stands of the container. It was sold for 450,000 euros.

The silver plate featuring an embossed painting of a prince killing a leopard with his sword was sold for 420,000 euros.

Pottery and decorated dishes belonging to Samanid dynasty and Abbasid period and tiles from the Seljuqid, Ilkhanid and Safavid dynastic eras as well as ornaments from Qajar era were among the items from the post-Islamic.



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