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201 Artefacts Selected for Achaemenid Exhibition in Japan


News Category: Cultural

 21 November 2005



210 artefacts dated back to the Achaemenid dynasty have so far been selected by experts of Iran National Museum and Tokyo Museum for the exhibition of “Persian Glory” to open in Japan.

“Tokyo Museum experts have come to Iran to examine the items with regard to the possibility of transfer to Japan. They finally selected 210 artifacts with the cooperation of Iranian counterparts. The list is however not yet finalized,” said Mohammad Reza Kargar, director of National Museum of Iran.

He asserted that the list must be reviewed and confirmed by the experts’ board of Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization. “The experts of museum are currently studying the items and registering their detailed comprehensive information”.

Due to Japanese’s request, Iranian officials have been responsible for selection of the items. The collection is supposed to demonstrate the avant-garde art of the ancient pre-Islamic Persia.

According to the agreement signed between Iran and Japan in the National Museum, more than 180 artifacts will be loaned to Japan for arranging exhibitions in 5 different cities.

Japan’s royal dynasty takes the responsibility for arranging the exhibitions. All the expenses for transfer and insurance will be paid by the Japanese party and Iran will receive $ 300,000 in return for the loan.

Asahi, the most famous newspaper in Japan and TUEI Film Company will be the sponsors of the “Persian Glory” exhibition.

According to the agreement, the items will remain in Japan for one year.

Regarding the two influential sponsors and the experience of previous Iranian exhibitions outside the country, the Japanese officials believe that “Persian Glory” can attract some 2500 people visitors per day.

Prior to “Persian Glory”, Japan will be host to the British Museum’s Assyrian reliefs.





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