Islamic Art Museum in Berlin has organized an exhibition to show the Persian sources of the Islamic art. The exhibition mainly displays the Persian artifacts which have been found by German and American archaeologists in late 1920s and early 1930s in Ctesiphon; the capital of Sasanid Persia.
Highlights of the Ctesiphon Exhibition in Berlin
(Video: Persian Dutch Network)
Islamic Art Museum is a part of Pergamonmuseum in Berlin. Pergamonmuseum in its Near Eastern section also keeps a large collection from ancient Persia. The museum in its press release has announced: "Like the Islamic religion itself, Islamic art also built on its predecessors in the Middle East. Focussing on Ctesiphon, a vast landscape of ruins south of Baghdad, this exhibition is devoted to the Persian legacy inherited by Islam".
Dominated by the monumental vaulted hall of the royal palace, the Taq Kasra, the city today is an emblem of the grandeur and downfall of the mighty Sassanid empire, a great power in ancient Persia about which little is known today. For centuries it competed with Rome and Byzantium. In the 7th century CE, however, the conquests by the Arab armies fundamentally changed the political balance of power.
The exhibition shows that the existing culture did not simply disappear and that the new culture did not arise out of nothing. Starting with a panoramic view of the world around 600 CE, it introduces a multi-cultural cultural landscape and illustrates how old techniques, ideas and motifs lived on. Many things were adopted to serve as the basis for new innovations - while others disappeared into the darkness of history.
The exhibition "Ctesiphon: Persian Sources of the Islamic Art" is on display until April 2, 2017.
BBC Persian's Pejman Akbarzadeh reviews the exhibition (+ Photo Gallery)
The Heritage of the Old Kings: Ctesiphon and the Persian Sources of Islamic Art (German)
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