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Persian Miniature Paintings

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"Persia, also known as Iran, is an ancient country that has never been hidden from the people of the world. It has revealed itself through its treasures--rugs, miniature paintings, poets like Omar Khayyam, Hafez, and Ferdowski, oil and copper. Persia has had many kings, dynasties, and outside invaders like Alexander the Great. Many religions have also swept through the country such as Mithraism, Zoroastrianism, and Islam. Each time a new ruler or religion gained control of the country, new customs were born; yet, old traditions were also preserved. Historians have not been able to determine the age of Persian civilization. It dates back at least 2,500 years to the ruler Cyrus the Great, since the Islamic invasion resulted in the burning of all libraries. Fortunately, artifacts have been discovered, and enduring works of writers and poets, like Ferdowsi, prove Persia's long standing existence. Time has shown that Iranians have maintained a distinct culture through many different circumstances. In 1979, when the revolution against the Pahlavi dynasty took place, millions of Iranians left to live in other parts of the world. They have proven their love and respect for their culture by celebrating their New Year festivites and other feasts. Many Persian artists and poets have expressed their feelings about this unwanted transition. I am just another artist trying to preserve my culture through my art. I hope I have done my share." (from Introduction-by Badri Borghei). Hard Cover.

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