Ancient animal motifs back to life in metal embossing art collection 

January 8, 2019 - 18:37

TEHRAN – Iranian artist Sorayya Mohammadi has used a number of ancient Iranian animal motifs to create her latest collection of copper embossing art.

She has carried out an in-depth study on art common among the Scythians, the Eurasian nomads that inhabited large areas of the western and central Eurasian Steppe from about the 9th century BC up until the 4th century AD, as well as on the Lurs.

She learned that the two ethnic groups have deeply influenced art with their animal motifs during the Achaemenid era and in other successive dynasties in the region.

“This study also pushed me to learn how they used the animal motifs to create the fascinating metal embossing artworks that still remain,” Mohammadi said in a press release published on Monday.

Afterward, she decided to use some of the images and patterns to build up a copper embossing art collection, which is scheduled to be showcased in an exhibition opening at Tehran’s Mess Negar Gallery on Friday.

Many Iranian artisans are still working in the field of embossing art, but Mohammadi said they need to distance themselves from their current boring patterns and designs, and to create something new.       

The exhibition will run until January 14 at the gallery that can be found at No. 5 in the Park Prince Building on Molla Sadra Highway.

Photo: An artwork from Sorayya Mohammadi’s latest collection of copper embossing art.


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