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Iranian culture in Anatolia shines again with the tumulus Tatarlı and its Achaemenid Paintings


20 June 2010



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  One of the restored and reconstructed wooden beams showing an Achaemenid soldier defeating two enemy soldiers

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LONDON, (CAIS) -- The tumulus Tatarlı, one of the most important works left from the Achaemenid Persia is now ready to reveal its mystery at the Museum Vedat Nedim Tör of the Yapı Kredi Culture Center, with the participation of the Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture agency.

The artifacts will be on display between June 17 to September 26, and the exhibitors will show war, ceremony and mythological scenes at the grave. Tumulus Tatarlı also enlightens about the life and beliefs during the 5th century BCE near the Persian royal city Celaenae, which is today Dinar in Afyonkarahisar province.

The grave has a great value for the cultural heritage of Turkey for its colorful wall paintings.

The tumulus Tatarlı was looted in 1969, and its best preserved beams were cut off and smuggled abroad. The remaining beams were dismantled and brought to the Archaeological Museum in Afyonkarahisar. Six years ago, four missing parts of the painted beams were rediscovered in a museum in Munich.

Meanwhile, returning the stolen pieces back to Turkey and restoring the largest wood paintings is a valuable contribution to science and Iranian culture. It also considerably contributes to the preservation of the cultural heritage of Turkey.

The exhibitors will also be able to attend the interview sessions on archeological features of the work, titled “Tatarlı-The Return of Colors.” The interview session will be held in Sermet Çifter Saloon of Yapı Kredi gallery in Taksim at 6:30 p.m.

While Latife Summerer will talk about the tumulus’s iconography, Erwin Emmerling will mention its restoration process and Alexander von Kienlin will focus on the architecture characteristics of the work. There will also be Turkish and German simultaneous translation.





Original news bulletin published by Hurriyet Daily News rectified and edited by CAIS [*]




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