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Persian Steel: The Tanavoli Collection

March 23, 2007 - March 23, 2007

This fascinating collection of steel objects, dating from the 16th to the early 20th century, tells a compelling story about life in the Middle East during this period. Objects made of steel were associated with every aspect of traditional Persian life, from war and hunting, through to religious life, the marketplace and the domestic environment. Reputed for their geometric, calligraphic, figurative and arabesque adornments, the pieces exhibited here demonstrate a concern for aesthetics and form that has slowly dissipated through the import of mass-produced items.

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