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Statues of Sa'd Abad Palace in Tehran to be Revived

11/20/06 By Soudabeh Sadigh

With the help of the old photographs, some of the statues of Sa'd Abad historical-cultural complex, including the statues of Achaemenid soldiers and Pahlavid kings, will be rebuilt.

Two enormous bronze boots standing in the grounds, the
remains of a gigantic statue of Reza Shah at Sa'd Abad Palace

Tehran, 20 November 2006 (CHN) -- According to curator of the museum of Sa'd Abad Palace Complex, some of the statues of this palace will be revived in a unique initiative for the first time after the Islamic revolution in Iran.

"While examining old pictures of Sa'd Abad, we noticed that there used to be a number of statues within the palace complex which no longer exist such as statues of seven or eight Achaemenid soldiers which were once in front of Melat (Nation) Palace. The exact number of the statues is yet to be clarified. Meanwhile, some of the statues which had been situated in the open area of the complex will be reconstructed as the first step," said Afshin Karami, director of Saad Abad Palace complex.

According to Karami, one of the sculptors who had participated in making the original statues in 1937 is still alive and the authorities of Sa'd Abad Museum are determined to use his advice for reconstruction of the statues.

Sa'd Abad Palace was built during Qajar dynastic era (1787-1921 AD) and was later used by Reza Shah, the first Pahlavi king, as his summer residence. It was turned into a museum after the revolution of the 1979 in Iran and a number of museums and cultural centers were built in this palace. There are currently 18 museums at Sa'd Abad Palace, several halls of which were used for receiving foreign dignitaries or holding cabinet meetings during the Pahlavi dynasty (1925-1979 AD).

Karami also announced reconstruction of the statues of Pahlavi kings, whose short-lived kingdom was collapsed by the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran, and said that four waxed statues of members of Pahlavi family will be made by artists to be displayed at the Palace.

Communication and Cultural Department of Iran's Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization has agreed with the project to make the statue of Reza Shah behind his desk, as well as the statue of his son and successor, Mohammad Reza Shah, and those of his wife and one of his sons, sitting on a sofa in Melat Museum."

One interesting point about this project is that it is the first time after the Islamic revolution that the statues of the rulers of the Pahalvid Dynasty are being reconstructed for public visit. Following the Islamic revolution of the 1979, anything associated with the overpowered regime such as the statues of the Pahlavi family were destroyed by revolutionary groups. Thus the country has taken a revolutionary step this time in reviving part of the history of Pre-revolutionary Iran.

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