News ID: 58516
Published: 0357 GMT December 30, 2014

Gold coin, painted jar in British Museum

Gold coin, painted jar in  British Museum

A gold coin belonging to Fat'h-Ali Shah Qajar was discovered in Isfahan province in 1833 CE.


At present, the antiques are kept in the British Museum. 

Because of the unease regarding the representation of human images in Islam, figures were rarely placed on coins. Indeed, throughout Islamic art, human images are relatively rare, reported.

On this gold coin, Fat'h-Ali Shah, the Qajar ruler of Iran (1797-1834), is shown crowned and armed with a saber, seated on his throne in a style typical of oil paintings and sculpture of the dynasty.

The Arabic inscription on the reverse of the coin tells us that it was minted in 1833 CE.

A painted jar dating back to 2000 BCE, which was discovered in Tepe Giyan near Nahavand, western Iran, is also displayed in the British Museum.

During the third to early second millennium BCE, as in other periods, different regional styles characterized the pottery made in southwest, western, northern and southeast Iran.

These seem to reflect flourishing regional areas. This is an example of a vessel belonging to a long sequence of monochrome pottery found at sites such as Tepe Giyan and Tepe Godin.

Such vessels, like this one, are mainly wheel-thrown jars and smaller vessels, generally painted with iron oxide fired to a dark brown color.

They bear an interesting range of intricate geometric designs. Other motifs include spread eagles: the use of motifs drawn from nature is a recurrent theme in ancient Iranian art.

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