Iranzamin (Land of the Persians) is the first survey exhibition of Persian arts and crafts acquired by the Powerhouse Museum since its founding in 1880. It explores the stories behind rarely seen artefacts from the middle of the 19th century to now, shedding light on the diverse social and cultural history of Persia – today’s Iran […]

The Elusive Persian Phoenix

M. Compareti, The Elusive Persian Phoenix: Simurgh and Pseudo-Simurgh in Iranian Arts (Studia Persica 3). Bologna: Paolo Emilio Persiani, 2011. The reign of the Sasanian Dynasty (224–651 AD) received great attention in the works of Muslim authors who usually referred to this period as the “golden age” of pre-Islamic Persia. It is however worth noting that […]