Tehran, Jan. 13 (Iranian Cultural Heritage News Agency)-The exhibition of 7000 years of Iranian art due to return to Iran from Croatia at the end of January, 2005, may stay in Europe as Portuguese cultural officials are in favor of showing 178 valuable Iranian artifacts in their country.
"The exhibition was going to return to Iran after 4 years, but as the Portuguese officials like to be its host in Lisbon, it may stay in Portugal for a while if our conditions are fulfilled," Iranian National Museum director, Mohammad-reza Kargar, who will be in Lisbon next week for talks with the Portuguese officials about this exhibition, told CHN.
Kargar believes that, even though this exhibit has had the expected influence and completed its mission, its staying in Portugal could have a positive effect on cultural and thereby political relations between Iran and Portugal.
7000 years of Iranian art exhibition with 178 valuable and historical Iranian artifacts started its tour in 2000 in Vienna, the Austrian capital. It has attracted 1 million and 300 thousand visitors in the course of 4 years, and stopped in over 5 European countries including Germany, Belgium, and Spain.
The collection includes porcelains from the Achaemenid era, ceramics from the early Islamic period, jewels, bronze tumblers and statues which represent 7000 years of Iranian art. Golden objects from the Achaemenid era are another part of the exhibition
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