Shah 'Abbas: The Remaking of Iran - British Museum
Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
THE FIRST major exhibition to explore the rule and legacy of Shah Abbas, Shah ‘Abbas: The Remaking of Iran, will be on display at the British Museum from February 19 to June 14, 2009.
Shah ‘Abbas (reigned AD 1587 – 1629) was a stabilising force in Iran following a period of civil war and foreign invasion. He strengthened the economy by establishing global trade links between Asia and Europe and revitalised the state religion Shi’a Islam which is still practiced today.
The exhibition will demonstrate Shah ‘Abbas’ social, religious and artistic influence on Iran through the gifts he endowed to major shrines in Mashhad, Ardabil and Qum, and his magnificent new capital Isfahan.
The objects, many of which have not been seen outside Iran, will include exquisite Qur’ans, mosque lamps, paintings, carpets, caligraphy, porcelain and silks.
Shah ‘Abbas: The Remaking of Iran is the next major exhibition in the British Museum series focused on great rulers, following The First Emperor: China’s Terracotta Army and Hadrian: Empire and Conflict.
British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG
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