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'Glory of Persia' Shows Ancient Links Between Iran and Korea


24 April 2008



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LONDON, (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.


To 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.


Shilla-period 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.


Experts 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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