“Glory of Persia” shines in S. Korea

April 23, 2008

TEHRAN – The 7000 years of Persian civilization and history will be displayed in the “Glory of Persia” exhibition, which will be held in Seoul and Daegu from April 22 to August 31, the Korea Times reported.

The National Museum of Korea will host 204 unique historical relics from 5000 BC to the end of the Sassanid dynastic era in 651 CE.
After the Seoul exhibit, the showcase will go to the Daegu National Museum from September 29 to December 21.
Most of the artifacts have been provided by the National Museum of Iran and the Reza Abbasi, Azerbaijan, and Persepolis museums.
“It is a good opportunity to see the Persian artifacts borrowed from the five Iranian national museums in Korea as part of efforts to strengthen cultural ties with Iran,” Kang Sung-il, director general of the Education and Culture Cooperation Bureau of the museum, said in a press conference Tuesday.
He went on to say that the exhibit will include performances, academic seminars and festivals related to Iranian culture.
The museum has been preparing for the exhibition for the last three years.
“Many Iranian people are interested in Korean culture as ‘Jewel in the Palace’, a Korean drama, recently hit Iranian airwaves and garnered huge ratings. It is very encouraging for cultural ties between the two nations”, Kang added.
The exhibit also includes 18 artifacts excavated in Gyeongju, the capital of the Silla Kingdom (57 BC-935 CE), which traded with Persian merchants through the Silk Road. According to historical records, Koreans may have traded with them because some Persian and even Roman artifacts that had traveled the Silk Road have been excavated from Silla tombs.
The exhibit will be on display in two halls. In the first, gold and silver ware will be shown, along with other accessories under the title of “Persian Gold”.
Gold ware from Hamedan, including a rhyton in the shape of a winged lion from 500-400 BC, a gold cup with lion heads from 1300-1200 BC, a goblet decorated with animals from 1250-1150 BC and various seals that indicate social status and golden and silver coins created during the Achaemenid and Sassanid dynasties will show the high-quality, sophisticated and delicate craftsmanship of Persia.
In the second exhibit hall, there will be earthenware designed to store grain and Lorestan Province bronze ware from ancient times to the Sassanid dynasty.
Bracelets, footwear, jugs, and bowls from Silla Kingdom will also be on display. Visitors can see how the ancient kingdom exchanged culture with Persia.
Aside from the exhibit, the museum will feature Iranian food and performances during the exhibit.
The museum will also provide audio guides to visitors and documents explaining the exhibit through video clips