Five Millennia of Art and Culture


Between the Mediterranean, China and India – 5,000 years of cultural splendour in Iran


ISBN: 9783777438061 Category:

Staatliche Museen zu Berlin


Lying between deserts, mountain chains and seas, Iran developed a fascinating cultural landscape. 360 objects from the time of the first advanced civilisations during the 3rd millennium BC until the end of the Safavid Empire in the early 18th century illustrate the outstanding significance of Iran as the initiator and centre of intercultural exchange.

Exquisite artworks from the Sarikhani Collection in London and the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin invite visitors to embark on a journey in time through the cultural heritage of Iran. The highlights include the great pre-Islamic empires of the Achaemenids and the Sassanids, the establishment of a Persian-Islamic culture, the masterly artistic achievements of the 9th to the 13th centuries and the Golden Age of the Safavids. They are brought together as in a multifaceted kaleidoscope in the copious illustrations and provide insight into the art of the courts and the urban elites.

Additional information

Weight 2078 g
Dimensions 25.1 x 29.8 cm
Publisher name Hirmer Verlag GmbH
Publication date 21 April 2022
Number of pages 400
Format Hardback
Contributors Edited by Ute Franke, Ina Sarikhani, and Stefan Weber
Dimensions 25.1 x 29.8 cm
Weight 2078 g


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Ute Franke is the exhibition director. She was the deputy director at the Museum für Islamische Kunst - Staatliche Museen zu Berlin until 2019.

Ina Sarikhani Sandmann is the director of The Sarikhani Collection, which is devoted to the arts of Iran.

Stefan Weber is the director of the Museum für Islamische Kunst - Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.