Reza Abbasi Museum

Here you can find the best collections of Islamic art and calligraphy in Iran. This museum was reopened two years before the 1979 Islamic revolution.

 

Pre-Islamic History


Reza Abbasi Museum is organized chronologically making anyone’s brief tour of Iran’s history simple and straightforward. The collection starts on the top-floor in pre-Islamic times, dating from the second millennium B.C until late Sassanid era. Exquisite examples of Achaemenid gold and silver works, as well as famed Lorestan bronze artifacts, have been put on display.
The second chamber is dedicated to the early Islamic era showcasing antique ceramics, fabrics and brassware. The ground floor is basically an artist’s paradise hosting paintings and calligraphy and should not be missed: do pay special attention to the wonderful range of Kufic scripts! Bear in mind, the late Islamic period starts with the Mongol invasion, which radically changed the way art was conceptualized in Iran and brought in techniques and motives from far-away lands. Surely, you will sense the artistic diversity once you step foot in the galleries on that floor.

 

Unique Collection of Calligraphy


One of the most unique and astonishing part of this place is its collection of calligraphy. Iran, much more than its western Arab neighbors, has a long tradition of calligraphy. Many of its stories are taken from ancient Persian tales, which have been remolded and retold for centuries.
The person, after which the museum was named, Reza Abbasi, is famed for his calligraphic depictions of persons. He was the leading calligraphist of the late Safavid period and part of the Esfahan School of calligraphy. In the museum, you can find many impressive examples of the books or muraqqa in which his works were collected.

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