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The Arts of Royalty in Sasanian Iran

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figures on horses carved in stone

Investiture of Ardashir I (detail), rock relief at Naqsh-i Rustam, Iran.

This Ancient Art Council lecture, presented by Carol Bier, Graduate Theological Union Center for Islamic Studies research scholar, explores concepts of kingship and their visual expression in the arts. Kingship in ancient Iran has a long history that drew from the royal arts of Assyria to express empire. Achaemenid kings in succession developed these conceptual representations brilliantly, contributing to visual expressions of kingship in Sasanian Iran, which in turn influenced later expressions of piety and power in the Islamic world and beyond.

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This talk will take place online via Zoom. Please register in advance. Once registered, you will be emailed additional details including the Zoom link.


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Ancient Art Council
ancientart@famsf.org
(415) 750-3600