Source: Persian Dutch Network
As one of the world’s most ancient cultures, the Persians produced a vast array of beautiful objects. Persian poems, tapestries, and architecture are quite famous, but the civilization’s other art form: weapons is often forgotten. This is the motivation behind the exhibition ‘The Persians - Warriors and Poets’ at the Wereldmuseum in Rotterdam.
PERSIANS : Warriors and Poets: Exhibition in Rotterdam
According to Mark Hoos, the curator of the exhibition, “Persian warriors had to fend off a whole host of intruders, such as the Arabic caliphate, the Mongols of Ghengis Khan, the Mughal Empire of India, and the Ottoman Empire. After a long period of devastating conflicts, the Safavid dynasty, ruling from 1501-1736, was able to reunite Persia.”
Safavids created a large empire and oversaw the establishment of Shi’a Islam as its official religion; different from Turks and Arabs who are mostly Sunni. In Persia (or Iran) the Safavid dynasty was a period of cultural flourishing which witnessed the production of magnificent tapestries and the development of colourful and luxurious materials. Persian weapons and coats of armour were inlaid with gold and silver and opulently decorated with arabesques, verses from the Quran, and pious inscriptions. These expressions of faith were thought to bring blessings to the warrior and protect them from harm.
You can visit ‘The Persians - Warriors and Poets’ from 24 September 2015 up to and including 28 March 2016 at the Wereldmuseum in Rotterdam. The exhibition has been put together from the collections of Stibbert Museum in Florence and of the Wereldmuseum itself.
The Persians, warriors and poets
Date: 24 September 2015 to 28 March 2016 inclusive
Address: Willemskade 22-25, 3016 DM Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Opening hours: Tuesdays to Sundays from 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Admission: €15, including audio tour; children under 12: admission free; Admission is free for holders of a Museumkaart (museum season ticket) or Rotterdampas.
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