The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(CAIS) -- The
National Museum of Iran plans to debut the 4800-year-old artificial eye of the
Burnt City during a showcase that opens next week.
600 other artifacts discovered at Iranian archaeological sites over the past
four years will also go on display during the exhibit entitled Symbols of Our
Country, the Persian service of CHN reported on Wednesday.
eyeball was discovered by an archaeological team led by Mansur Sajjadi in
December 2006 at the 5200-year-old Burnt City, located 57 kilometers from the
city of Zabol in Iran’s Sistan-Baluchestan Province.
eye belonged to a large woman who was buried in Grave 6705. The archaeologists
surmise that she died when she was 25 to 30 years old.
show traces of an abscess in the upper arch of the eye, and tracks made by the
eyelid are visible on the lower part of the artificial eye.
has been made of natural tar mixed with animal fat.
thinnest capillaries on the eyeball have been made with golden wires with a
thickness of less than one millimeter for aesthetic reasons.
pupil of the eye has been placed in the center of the eyeball and some parallel
lines forming an almond pattern are visible around the pupil.
eyeball has two holes in its two sides, which were used for fixing the eye in
the eye socket.
The weeklong exhibition will open on May 18 to commemorate International Museum Day.
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