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Sasanid Coins in the Royal Entourage of “Forgotten Empire"
the high profile exhibition of “Forgotten Empire: The World of Ancient
Persia” is a hit at the headlines, an exhibition of coins, vessels,
jewelries, and seals belonging to Sassanid era (224 to 651 AD) and
pictures of reliefs of that era are put on display at the British museum
Vesta Sarkhosh who is in charge of Iranian-Islamic coins department at the
British Museum, explained that the exhibition is aimed at demonstrating
how influential the art and culture of Sassanid era was on later
historical periods. “By gathering these artifacts, we are trying to
study the influence of Sassanid arts and symbols on different historical
eras proceeding the Sassanid dynasty, through pointing out the elements in
conformity with those of Sassanids,” added she.
Photographs of Sassanid reliefs which are taken by Professor Georgia
Herman, an expert of ancient reliefs of that era, are put on display at
this exhibition as well.
Selecting some of these photos and comparing their similarities with
images on the vessels and coins of Sassanid kings, Sarkhosh has tried to
make a comparison on the artistic characteristics of their eras.
Interestingly, some coins belonging to Qajar dynasty (1796 to 1925) are
exhibited in a showcase at the same gallery, where Sassanid artifacts are
put on display, about which Sarkhosh explained, “We witness an
inclination and a return towards Sassanid art during Qajar dynasty. Now,
using these pictures, the similarities and impact of Sassanid arts are
revealed. The bank notes printed in Pahlavi dynasty are another example of
this impact and the conformity of artistic symbols of Pahlavi dynasty with
those of the Sassanids.”