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News number: 8807291213

15:04 | 2009-10-21

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Sackler Gallery to Display Ancient Iranian Illustrated Manuscripts

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Smithsonians Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington is due to show Iranian Book of Omens named Falnama which exhibits rare manuscripts once used by sultans, shahs (kings) and commoners.



The exhibition which is scheduled to be held from Oct. 24 to Jan. 24, 2010, will show 20 of the 29 folios of Falnama which are created during the reign of Shah Tahmasb in the Safavid era.

"Falnama illustrations possess a theatricality that sets them apart from other contemporary works," said organizer of the exhibition Masoumeh Farhad.

The exhibition has received generous support from an anonymous donor, the Lee and Juliet Folger Fund, Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute, the Hagop Kevorkian Fund, Mr. and Mrs. Farhad, Smithsonian Scholarly Studies Program, The Barakat Trust, The Packard Humanities Institute, and PARSA Community Foundation.

It comprises more than sixty works of art from international public and private collections and is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.

The most splendid tools ever devised to foretell the future were illustrated texts known as the Falnama (Book of omens). Notable for their monumental size, brilliantly painted compositions, and unusual subject matter, the manuscripts, created in the Safavid Iran and Ottoman Turkey in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, are the center piece of Falnama: The Book of Omens.