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Sasanid-Style Map of Iran on Display in Tabriz


19 June 2005


A complete map of Iran made of gold and silver by the Bahardust artistic team is currently on display at the Kabud Mosque in Tabriz.


The map, which was made in the style of Sasanid era golden ornaments, is 50 x 115 centimeters and weighs 15 kilograms.


The head of the team, Mohammad Bahardust, said on Sunday that Iran’s great achievements and cultural heritage are depicted on the map.


“A team of five artists began the work two yeas ago. Symbols of ancient Iran such as Achaemenid soldiers, Apadana Palace, portraits of Ferdowsi and the most renowned Iranian hero, Rustam as well as a part of the (human rights) declaration of Cyrus the Great are engraved on the map,” he added.


Surrounding the borders of the map are figures of Achaemenid soldiers including bowmen and spearmen. As a symbol of defense, an Achaemenid spearman is engraved on each of the three Persian Gulf islands of the Greater and Lesser Tunbs and Abu Musa, while the Achaemenid navy is shown in the Persian Gulf.


Cyrus the Great is seen in the Apadana Palace staring into the distance, and the word ‘Iran’ in the Sasanid style of calligraphy has been embossed on his chest. Cyrus is holding a cane which is planted in the waters of the Persian Gulf.


The Human Rights Declaration of Cyrus the Great, his will to his sons, as well as the names of Achaemenid kings are all also engraved on the map.


The symbol from the tomb of Darius the Great at Naqsh-e Rustam, as well the image of Zoroaster near Lake Urmia bearing his famous saying, “Turn not away from the three best things: Good Thoughts, Good Words, and Good Deeds" are engraved on the work.


In the Sistan-Baluchestan region of the map, Rustam is depicted riding Rakhsh, his favorite horse and poetry by Ferdowsi is inscribed. In the Khorasan region, Master Ferdowsi is sitting on a cliff holding his Shahnameh. the Persian holy book in his hand. The team also has plans to display the artwork in Tehran.  



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