CANCELED - The Ancient Persian Kings: Royal Titles, Crowns, and Divine Imagery
CANCELED - The Ancient Persian Kings: Royal Titles, Crowns, and Divine Imagery
WhenSaturday, November 9, 2019, 2 PM
CategoriesGallery Talks & Tours
SponsorAsian Art Museum
VenueFreer Gallery of Art
Event LocationFreer, Meyer Auditorium

From the Achaemenid period (550–330 BCE) until the end of the Sasanian period (224–651 CE), the ancient rulers of Iran used imagery and symbolism that emphasized divine support for the king. Royal titles indicated the king’s position within his realm and the region, and symbols connected with divine splendor fill ancient Persian iconography. Discover aspects of the art of ancient Persia associated with kingship, in particular during the Parthian and Sasanian periods, in this enthralling lecture.

Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis is Curator of Middle Eastern Coins at the British Museum in London, where she is responsible for ancient Iranian coins and coins of the Islamic world. She is currently the Joint Director of the International Parthian Coin Project. She has contributed to several major exhibitions on Iran, including The Forgotten Empire at the British Museum and The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia at the Sackler Gallery. Curtis is particularly interested in pre-Islamic Iran and Mesopotamia from the sixth century BCE to the seventh century CE, and she has published extensively on ancient Persian coins, art, culture, and mythology.

The event is organized with support from the Tina and Hamid Moghadam Endowment for Iran and the Ancient Near East.

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