The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(CAIS) -- Cultural
exchange between Korea and Iran goes back more than two thousand years. Some
historians say through the Silk Road, traders put the name, Shilla, Korea's
ancient dynasty, on the world map.
open a window into this intriguing past, the National Museum of Korea is hosting
an exhibit of Persian artefacts. "Glory of Persia" showcases the
history of Iran over a span of seventy centuries, including when it was the
world's greatest empire.
artefacts such as pottery and daggers show Iranian influences in the form of
artistic techniques derived from the Middle Eastern empire. The exhibit offers a
fascinating glimpse into this little-known corner of Korea's past.
say the exhibit stands out for showing priceless artefacts such as an Achaemenid
rhyton in the shape of a winged lion that dates to 500 BCE and is regarded as a
world treasure. According to curators it took three years from start to finish
arranging all the relics here from Iran.
At the exhibit which runs through August, visitors can gaze at centuries-old artefacts from the Sasanian dynastic Empire, one of the most influential periods of Iran which touched the civilisations of Rome and beyond to Africa, China and Korea.
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