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Achaemenid Princess: A Royal Invitee to Forgotten Empire Exhibition


02 May 2005





The moulage of the skeleton of an Achaemenid princess along with her bronze casket, jewelry, and pottery are among the treasures to be showcased in the exhibition of “Forgotten Empire: the World of Ancient Persia” to be held in the British Museum from 8 of September 2005 to 8 of January 2006.

The exhibition which collects its items from Iran’s National Museum, the British Museum, and the Louvre, is to focus on the civilization, culture, and art of the Achaemenid era of Persia

The casket and the princess possessions are kept in Louvre Museum since their discovery in Susa at the beginning of the 20th century.

“At the beginning of the 20th century, diggings by Roland De Mecquenem, the French archaeologist, in the ancient city of Susa led to the discovery of a bronze unlidded casket including the skeleton of an Achaemenid princess, her jewelry and pottery buried alongside her. The discoveries were sent to Louvre right away,” explained director of the Center for Achaemenid Studies, Shahrokh Razmju, adding that since today no trace of the skeleton is left, a moulage of the skeleton is to be recreated for the exhibition.

At the time, a watercolor drawing of the casket was made from different angles which will be of help to experts to a make a moulage of the princess and recreate the casket exactly as it was the first day of its discovery.

The exhibition of “Forgotten Empire: the World of Ancient Persia” will display some 400 historical objects from the Achaemenid period, 80 of which will be sent to London from Iran’s National Museum, and the rest will be from the collection of the British Museum itself and the Louvre.





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