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Reza Abbasi Museum's Documents Burned in Tehran

Source: Persian Dutch Network (PDN)

PDN - Documents and letters in the archives of the Reza Abbasi Museum in Tehran are reported to have been burned. Remains of the burned documents were found in the street by one of the staff members.

Photo: Mehr News Agency

The Reza Abbasi Museum is home to a unique collection of Persian art dating back to the second millennium BC, from both the pre-Islamic and Islamic eras. The documents burned are reported to be related to the Pahlavi dynasty, specifically communications with then Queen Farah Diba’s office. The Pahlavi era came to an end with the 1979 Islamic revolution in Persia (Iran).

Queen Farah Diba was shocked by the news, and said in an interview with Kayhan London that as the documents related to what was acquired for the museum, their destruction would make it difficult to trace the provenance of certain objects. “What they have done is quite surprising and they are just trying to hide all information about the past,” she stated.

Former Queen Farah Diba
(Photo: Persian Dutch Network)

According to Mehr News Agency in Tehran, Shahram Heydar-Abadian, director of the museum stated that he has no information about this issue. Over the past few days, Persian-language media in exile and social networks have been full of articles and angry comments concerning the museum’s administration.

According to Persian Dutch Network, Many Iranians would prefer to see their homeland’s heritage kept in Western museums, not trusting the current government in Iran.

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