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Persia Collection

Persia, a land steeped in rich history and captivating beauty

Background imagePersia Collection: Map of the Empire of King Alexander the Great

Map of the Empire of King Alexander the Great (Alexander III of Macedon 356323 BC), from Greece in the west to India in the east. Date: 1807

Background imagePersia Collection: Mohammed Reza Shah Pahlavi (1919-1980) Shah of Iran 1941-1979, with his third wife Farah Diba

Mohammed Reza Shah Pahlavi (1919-1980) Shah of Iran 1941-1979, with his third wife Farah Diba and their son Reza in ceremonial dress in front of throne

Background imagePersia Collection: Iran, Tehran, elevated city skyline with view tfrom the Roof of Iran Park towards

Iran, Tehran, elevated city skyline with view tfrom the Roof of Iran Park towards the Milad Tower, dusk

Background imagePersia Collection: Battle of Arbela between Alexander the Great, king of Macedonia (356-323 B

Battle of Arbela between Alexander the Great, king of Macedonia (356-323 B.C. and Darius king of Persia

Background imagePersia Collection: Ancient Greeks holding the pass of Thermopylae, 480 BC

Ancient Greeks holding the pass of Thermopylae, 480 BC
Greeks under Leonidas holding off the Persian invasion at Thermopylae, 480 BC. Hand-colored halftone reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

Background imagePersia Collection: Map of Africa illustrating travels of explorers

Map of Africa illustrating travels of explorers
A map of Africa which illustrates the travels of the explorers Livingstone, Stanley and Cameron

Background imagePersia Collection: Map of Africa illustrating travels of explorers

Map of Africa illustrating travels of explorers
A map of Africa which illustrates the travels of Livingstone, Stanley and Cameron. Date: 19th Century

Background imagePersia Collection: Ahura Mazda

Ahura Mazda, supreme god in Zoroastrianism, Persepolis, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Iran, Middle East

Background imagePersia Collection: Iran, Tehran, Museum of the Islamic Period, exterior tilework detail

Iran, Tehran, Museum of the Islamic Period, exterior tilework detail

Background imagePersia Collection: Map / Asia / Persia 19C

Map / Asia / Persia 19C
Map of Persia (Iran)

Background imagePersia Collection: Shah of Iran - Reza Shah Pevlavi

Shah of Iran - Reza Shah Pevlavi
Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, Shah of Iran, (1919 - 1980). Emperor of Iran from 16th September 1941, until his overthrow by the Iranian Revolution on 11th February 1979"

Background imagePersia Collection: The Coronation of the Shah of Iran

The Coronation of the Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (1919-1980). On 26th October 1967, twenty-six years into his reign as Shah (" King" )

Background imagePersia Collection: Persian Manuscript, 1650. Court of a Safavid dynasty

Persian Manuscript, 1650. Court of a Safavid dynasty prince. Persian art. Safavid period. Miniature Painting. EGYPT. CAIRO. Cairo. Museum of Islamic Arts

Background imagePersia Collection: Esther before Ahasuerus. Creator: Artemisia Gentileschi

Esther before Ahasuerus. Creator: Artemisia Gentileschi
Esther before Ahasuerus

Background imagePersia Collection: Zoroastrian (Parsee) Beauty - Iran

Zoroastrian (Parsee) Beauty - Iran. Date: 1910

Background imagePersia Collection: Map of Persia (Iran)

Map of Persia (Iran) - all place names in their Latin form. The ancient realms of Assyria, Babylonia Date: 1807

Background imagePersia Collection: Shahnameh. The Book of Kings. 16th c. Sohrab

Shahnameh. The Book of Kings. 16th c. Sohrab facing the tent of the Persian army leaders. 16th c. Persian art. Safavid period. Miniature Painting. FRANCE. Chantilly

Background imagePersia Collection: Persian Royal Palace in Teheran, 1800s

Persian Royal Palace in Teheran, 1800s
Anderoon, the womens apartment in the Persian Royal Palace, Teheran, Iran, 1800s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imagePersia Collection: PANC2A-00003

PANC2A-00003
Map of the empire of Alexander the Great in 323 BC. Printed color lithograph of a 19th-century illustration

Background imagePersia Collection: Alexanders army prepares to destroy Persepolis

Alexanders army prepares to destroy Persepolis
Thais suggests that Alexander burn Persepolis, capitol of Persia, in 331 BC. Hand-colored halftone ireproduction of a 19th-century llustration

Background imagePersia Collection: Extent of the Persian empire

Extent of the Persian empire
Map of the ancient Persian empire. Printed color lithograph of a 19th-century illustration

Background imagePersia Collection: The Shah of Persia

The Shah of Persia, Mozaffar ad-Din Shah Qajar (1853-1907). The card bears the Shahs signature!

Background imagePersia Collection: Persepolis

Persepolis, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Iran, Middle East

Background imagePersia Collection: Persian Musicians

Persian Musicians
A group of Persian musicians play on a variety of instruments. Below dancing girls perform to the music

Background imagePersia Collection: Kurdish Gentlemen / Iran

Kurdish Gentlemen / Iran
Two Kurdish men in traditional costume

Background imagePersia Collection: Ancient Iran map 1885

Ancient Iran map 1885
Encyclopedia Britannica 9th Edition New York Charles Scribners and Sons 1885 Vol XVIII

Background imagePersia Collection: Carved reliefs of palace guard

Carved reliefs of palace guard, Apadana palace staircase, Persepolis, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Iran, Middle East

Background imagePersia Collection: Xenophon Reaches the Sea

Xenophon Reaches the Sea
Xenophon, retreating in Persia, reaches the Black Sea

Background imagePersia Collection: Persian musicians

Persian musicians
Three seated Persian musicians, playing a hand drum, what looks like a daf and a kamanche. A tonbak, or goblet drum, lies discarded on the ground. Date: 1870s

Background imagePersia Collection: Shah of Persia shooting pigeons

Shah of Persia shooting pigeons
The Shah of Persia - Mozaffar ad-Din Shah Qajar, KG (1853-1907) shooting pigeons during a visit to Contrexeville (famous for bottled water) in North east France. Date: circa 1902

Background imagePersia Collection: Ancient Persian Music

Ancient Persian Music
A Dervish of Ancient Persia in long green robe with fur trimming; he wears an ornate hat and plays a woodwind instrument

Background imagePersia Collection: Battle of Marathon, 490 BC

Battle of Marathon, 490 BC
Athenians repel Persian invaders at the Battle of Marathon, 490 BC. Hand-colored halftone reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

Background imagePersia Collection: Shahnameh. The Book of Kings. 16th c. Sohrab

Shahnameh. The Book of Kings. 16th c. Sohrab looks carefully at some of the tents in the camp. 16th c. Persian art. Safavid period. Miniature Painting. FRANCE. Chantilly

Background imagePersia Collection: Sassanian reliefs

Sassanian reliefs, Bishapur, Iran, Middle East

Background imagePersia Collection: Towchal range behind the city

Towchal range behind the city, Tehran, Iran, Middle East

Background imagePersia Collection: Mural paintings

Mural paintings, Chehel Sotoun, Isfahan, Iran, Middle East

Background imagePersia Collection: Detail of a mosaic of Pompei: Battle of Issos between Alexander and Darius (4th century BC)

Detail of a mosaic of Pompei: Battle of Issos between Alexander and Darius (4th century BC)
PCT4293559 Detail of a mosaic of Pompei: Battle of Issos between Alexander and Darius (4th century BC). - King Darius III Codoman (380-330 BC)

Background imagePersia Collection: Iran, Tehran, Laleh Park, Carpet Museum of Iran, traditional Iranian carpet detail

Iran, Tehran, Laleh Park, Carpet Museum of Iran, traditional Iranian carpet detail

Background imagePersia Collection: Xerxes bridge of boats across the Hellespont, 480 BC

Xerxes bridge of boats across the Hellespont, 480 BC
Bridge of boats built by Xerxes Persian army across the Hellespont to invade Greek territory, 480 BC. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imagePersia Collection: Statue of Arash the Archer, Saadabad Palace, Tehran, Iran

Statue of Arash the Archer, Saadabad Palace, Tehran, Iran

Background imagePersia Collection: King Solomon in the company of an angel, his courtiers, animals, birds

King Solomon in the company of an angel, his courtiers, animals, birds
3619858 King Solomon in the company of an angel, his courtiers, animals, birds, and a demon from Lights of Canopus, 1847 (ink and pigment on paper) by Persian School

Background imagePersia Collection: Chronological chart of the Visions of Daniel and John, 1843 (colour litho)

Chronological chart of the Visions of Daniel and John, 1843 (colour litho)
AQS257138 Chronological chart of the Visions of Daniel and John, 1843 (colour litho) by American School, (19th century); American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Massachusetts

Background imagePersia Collection: Persia, or Iran 1851

Persia, or Iran 1851
A fine facimile artworked from an antique original map of Persia, or later (1935) Iran issued as part of the 1851 edition of John Tallis and Companys " The Illustrated Atlas

Background imagePersia Collection: Persepolis, ceremonial capital of Achaemenid Empire, Fars Province, Iran

Persepolis, ceremonial capital of Achaemenid Empire, Fars Province, Iran

Background imagePersia Collection: The Landing Stage at Ahvaz, Iran - WWI Xmas card

The Landing Stage at Ahvaz, Iran - WWI Xmas card
A rather unusual Christmas Greetings postcard, featuring a World War One era soldier (serving on the Mesopotamian front) in patriotic pose before an inset view of the Landing Stage at Ahvaz - a city

Background imagePersia Collection: Covered alley in Yazd old town, Iran

Covered alley in Yazd old town, Iran
Yazd is an ancient desert city in central Iran and the capital of the Yazd province. Since 2017 its listed by UNESCO as a world heritage

Background imagePersia Collection: Cylinder of Cyrus the Great with text written in akkadian cu

Cylinder of Cyrus the Great with text written in akkadian cuneiform. Clay. Describes the conquest of Babylon in 539 BC and the capture of King Nabonidus by Cyrus the Great

Background imagePersia Collection: Ali Qapu Palace, Isfahan, Iran

Ali Qapu Palace, Isfahan, Iran
Ali Qapu (Sublime Gate) Palace, Isfahan (Ispahan), Iran. Date: circa 1910s




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Persia, a land steeped in rich history and captivating beauty. From the vast Empire of King Alexander the Great to the modern-day bustling cityscape of Tehran, it has always been a land of wonder. As we gaze upon the ancient map depicting the empire that once stretched far and wide, we are reminded of Persia's grandeur. Its borders encompassing Iran, its heart and soul, where Tehran stands tall with an elevated skyline that offers breathtaking views from the Roof of Iran Park. But Persia's influence extends beyond its own borders. As we explore another map illustrating travels across Africa by brave explorers, we realize how Persian culture has left indelible marks on distant lands. The Coronation of the Shah of Iran serves as a testament to their power and prestige. Intriguingly intertwined with religion is Ahura Mazda - a deity revered by Zoroastrians who have long called Persia home. Their faith intertwines with history as Mohammed Reza Shah Pahlavi takes center stage alongside his third wife Farah Diba in an image frozen in time. The legacy continues with Reza Shah Pahlavi, whose reign brought about significant transformations within Persia. Like Ancient Greeks valiantly holding Thermopylae pass against all odds, he too fought for his nation's progress amidst challenges faced along the way. With every turn of a page or glance at another map showcasing Asia or 19th-century Persia, it becomes evident that this land holds stories untold waiting to be discovered. A painting depicting Esther before Ahasuerus reminds us how art flourished under Persian patronage during Safavid dynasty rule. Delving deeper into history reveals hidden treasures like Persian manuscripts dating back centuries ago - windows into a world filled with knowledge and wisdom passed down through generations. Persia beckons us to unravel its mysteries; it invites us to immerse ourselves in its vibrant tapestry of culture, art, and heritage.