By Andre Godard
The evolution of the artwork of Iran—from the famed Luristan Bronzes of the primitive Zagros civilization to fresh Islamic contributions—is hard to track for plenty of international types and idioms have stimulated and adjusted its improvement. extra over, lots of Iran's spiritual sanctuaries, monuments, and different paintings treasures have been, until eventually lately, inaccessible to the skin global. Now, during this lavish complete scale presentation of Iran's nice creative background, André Godard offers a lucid and finished research of Iranian structure, sculpture, and ornamental arts
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They are richly endowed by nature and in them a great part, much more than was previously believed, of the ancient history of Iran imfolded. The Zagrus range, about 725 miles long and more than sevent}'-five miles wide, is made up of regular parallel folds of more or less the same height. They are separated by depressions thirty or even sixty miles long, which are sometimes as much as fifteen miles wide. The only means of communica- agricultural — THE ART OF IRAN 36 between them by precipitous paths, where only skilled mountaineers dare more than 9,000 feet.
1100-900 BC. Height: 4J is 9. in. Coiffard collection. Louvre. of a gritty, coarse body. It could be hung up by decorated in aubergine with geometrical motifs. This wide-moutlied jar is its two handles. The belly TERRA-COTTA REVETMENT TILES c. 1165-1151 BC. Height: 4 ft 5 in. Louvre. These three panels decorated a temple built at Susa by Kutir-Nahunta and his brother ShilakInshushinak, King of Anzhan and Susa. Susa. ' -i^^. • ,<^VT% > ne PART ONE ANCIENT IRAN CHAPTER I THE IRANIAN PLATEAU AND THE ZAGRUS MOUNTAINS The of by is an enormous plateau IRAN this virtual fortress, the lofty battlements of which almost totally exclude the passurrounded gigantic mountains.