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By Andre Godard

ISBN-10: 0047030011

ISBN-13: 9780047030017

The evolution of the artwork of Iran—from the famed Luristan Bronzes of the primitive Zagros civilization to fresh Islamic contributions—is tough to track for plenty of international types and idioms have encouraged and changed its improvement. extra over, a lot of Iran's spiritual sanctuaries, monuments, and different artwork treasures have been, till lately, inaccessible to the skin global. Now, during this lavish complete scale presentation of Iran's nice inventive historical past, André Godard presents a lucid and complete research of Iranian structure, sculpture, and ornamental arts

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Even today Iranians claim to preserve themselves from the selfsame terrors by carefully chosen amulets. These objects had — have today to accompany man throughout his daily existence, to siurround him, so to speak, with their protection, and that is how we may explain primitive man's taste for representing the sun, for example, by its rays and its animal attributes: the eagle, the Hon, the buU, different sorts of goat, and the various symbols with which he decorated his pottery. No doubt the need for protective divinities also made itself felt, for at an early stage as they still and the wild beasts which threatened man, his house, his flock and were adored, and the tree, symbol of the forest, was deified.

1000-800 bc. 6| in. Private colleaion. This idol represents the protector of the flocks holding two monsters at arm's length. He himself is supported by a group of human heads and cocks' heads. We do not know what they symbolize. 20. DISC-SHAPED BRONZE PENDANT Provenance unknown, but possibly from Luristân. End of second millennium BC. ; width: 4^ in. Musée du Cinquantenaire, Brussels.

T *^. 'C. CAPTIONS TO PLATES I0-20 18. 49 BRONZE DECORATION OF A BIT 1000-900 bc. ; height: 3J in. Private collection. This ornament, consisting of a toheel with six spokes, is surmounted by the head of the hero wearing the homed tiara. Two animals clinging to the outside of the wheel are turned towards him. Luristân. 19. c. BRONZE IDOL Luristân. c. 1000-800 bc. 6| in. Private colleaion. This idol represents the protector of the flocks holding two monsters at arm's length. He himself is supported by a group of human heads and cocks' heads.

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