Friday, December 1, 2017

Persian Cat Lustreware, 13th century


As a cat lover, wherever I go I capture the cats! This time I have discovered a 13th-century Persian cat at the British Museum. The lustreware has been made in the city of Kashan and it has been offered to the museum as a gift around 1934. 
The cat looks chubby and lazy. Typically Persian! the cat I mean of course :)) 
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Saturday, August 26, 2017

Imperial Bank of Persia (1931 advertisement)

I just received an old newspaper from Birmingham. The daily, dated February 1931 contains an advertisement of "Imperial Bank of Persia".
In various online sources, it is mentioned that Imperial Bank of Persia has been active since 1889 to 1929 but it can not be correct because this advertisement has been published in 1931. Anyway:

The beautiful building of Imperial Bank of Persia is still in operation in Tehran under the name of Bank Tejarat, located in Toupkhaneh Square. The designer of the building is Markar Galstiants (1885-1985), the Persian-Armenian architect.
IBP was the first modern bank in Persia / Iran and established with a concession from the Persian government to Baron Julius De Reuter.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

SHAHNAMEH FERDOWSI (Baysonghori Manuscripts)

A few pages of a rare manuscript of SHAHNAMEH (national epic of Persia) which has been published in 1971 in commemoration of the celebration of 2500th anniversary of the founding of Persian Empire by Cyrus the Great.





Video: Ancient Art of Persia


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Mohammad Manzarpour fired from VOA Persian Service


Manzarpour (Photo: Facebook)
Mohammad Manzarpour, the editor of Voice of America's Persian Service has been fired today.
The reason is not clear.
Manzarpour was one of the close staff members of VOA Persian Service to the director Setareh Derakhshesh. VOA management (BBG) had already received countless complaints in regard of Mazarpour's and Derakhshesh's unprofessional behavior at work.

Before joining the VOA Persian Service, Mohammad Manzarpour was a producer at BBC Persian Service at its Washington bureau. His cooperation with BBC was stopped in 2013 in a suspicious atmosphere as well.

Voice of America has not given any comment on Manzarpour fire.
WATCH: One of the most successful productions by VOA Persian Service (an Interview with Iraj Pezeshkzad, author, produced by Hooman Bakhtiar and Bijan Farhoodi) 




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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Removing the name PERSIAN GULF from Berlin's Islamic Art Museum map!

Recently the Islamic Art Museum in Berlin has organized an exhibition entitled "Ctesiphon". The exhibition displays the objects which have been found in this ancient Persian city by the American and German archaeologists in 1931.
The organizers of Ctesiphon exhibition has installed a big map at the museum which shows the West Asia. In the map the name of all seas and waterways are written except for the Persian Gulf.

A museum is considered as a neutral and academic organization but it seems Berlin's Islamic Art Museum is just going to please Arab countries; maybe because of its financial ties with them.
Also at the end of the Ctesiphon Exhibition there is a sign in English and Arabic!
It seems Berlin's Islamic Art Museum does not know the language of Persian Empire and Ctesiphon was Persian, not Arabic.

Parts of the exhibition can be watched in this video. The objects are quite unique. If you visit Berlin do not miss this exhibition. It is on Pergamonmuseum at the Museum Island of German capital.

More information about the exhibition: PERGAMON MUSEUM website

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Rare Photo: Queen Farah Diba with Lepers, 1973


A rare photo of Queen Farah Diba of Persia with lepers, close to the city of Birjand in 1973.
The photo, which is taken at Dr. Raaji Leprosy Centre, was originally published in the Persian-language weekly Kayhan Havai
On that time Queen Farah was trying to help the lepers to return to the society.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Homeyra, Mahasti and Hayedeh's Last Cassettes Promotion Before 1979 Revolution

The promotion of the last albums by the Persian singers Homeyra, Mahasti and Hayedeh before 1979 revolution.
The advertisement has been published in an October 1979 issues of Etelaat Newspaper in Tehran. VAAY VAAY (by Homeira), BIGANEH (by Mahasti) and MAN KHODAM RAFTANIAM (by Hayedeh) are the title of the albums and which had been released by Jahan Music Company in Teheran.
All of these singers continued their activities later in the United States.