April 1 - May 8, 2009
San Francisco, CA. - The
University Museum at
San Francisco State University
(SFSU) is proud to present a new
exhibition "Caravan across Persia: An Archaeological Tour of Iran." This
new series of museum exhibitions create unexpected connections between ancient
civilizations and the modern era. Ancient and medieval ceramics from Persia are
juxtaposed with historical photographs of Iran in the 1930s, made by renowned
German photographer Axel von Graefe.
Bogheh Harunieh Tomb in Toos, Mashhad (by Axel von Graefe, 1937)
The exhibition features a
collection of prehistoric Iranian ceramics from the California Academy of
Sciences (Anthropology Department), and medieval Persian ceramics from the
Matthew Higgins private collection. Prehistoric ceramics, dating from the 31st
to 2nd centuries B.C.E., include gracefully shaped cups, bowls and culinary
ware; many are decorated with images of birds and animals. Medieval Persian
ceramics from the 12th-13th centuries C.E. include the Persian Luster Ware and
turquoise-glazed ceramics from the famous ceramic production center at Kashan.
German photographer Axel von
Graefe traveled to Iran during the early 1930s. Under Reza Shah, the country had
just embarked on a modernization campaign and officially changed its European
name, Persia, to Iran. Although there were many restrictions on foreigners
taking photographs, von Graefe was able to document the ancient cities of Susa
and Persepolis, picturesque villages, and ancient caravan routes crossing
mountains and deserts.
Water Mills, Karun River, Shushtar
(by Axel von Graefe, 1937)
Bridge on Zayandeh Rud River in Isfahan
(by Axel von Graefe, 1937)
Caravans (trade expeditions)
hold a special place in the history of Persia. For thousands of years, Iran was
at the crossroads of several international trade routes - the Silk Road, the
Spice Route, and the Persian Royal Road. Caravans navigating these difficult
routes brought to Europe not only silk, jewels, medicines, and spices, but also
art, science, and knowledge from the Middle East and China.
The exhibition is open to the
public 11:00 to 4:00, Monday through Friday, April 1st - May 8th. Admission is
Museum, Humanities Building 510, corner of Font & Tapia, San Francisco State
The mission of the Museum Studies
Program at San Francisco State University exhibition program is to enrich the
knowledge of the general public about the diversity and achievements of ancient
people and cultures worldwide. The Museum Studies faculty and graduate students
offer outreach programs to elementary, high, and middle schools, as well as
exhibit-related workshops for the teachers.
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