By Andre Godard
The evolution of the artwork of Iran—from the famed Luristan Bronzes of the primitive Zagros civilization to contemporary Islamic contributions—is demanding to track for plenty of overseas kinds and idioms have motivated and adjusted its improvement. extra over, lots of Iran's spiritual sanctuaries, monuments, and different artwork treasures have been, until eventually lately, inaccessible to the surface global. Now, during this lavish complete scale presentation of Iran's nice inventive history, André Godard presents a lucid and finished research of Iranian structure, sculpture, and ornamental arts
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Figure 32 shows the transfiguration of Enkidu when he took his place in the pantheon of these moimtain-dwelling Lurs. The traditional hero of Mesopotamian art, Gilgamesh, shown in pi. 5, is well knovra. However this character was completely transformed in Luristân and became a mere tahsman, an amulet which lost every trace of ceremonial character through constant (see plates 16, 17, 18 beheve and 19). to ' Antigonus, known as Cyclops (the one-eyed), one of Alexander the Great's generals, satrap of Pamphylia, Lycia and Greater Phty-gia c.
Two animals clinging to the outside of the wheel are turned towards him. Luristân. 19. c. BRONZE IDOL Luristân. c. 1000-800 bc. 6| in. Private colleaion. This idol represents the protector of the flocks holding two monsters at arm's length. He himself is supported by a group of human heads and cocks' heads. We do not know what they symbolize. 20. DISC-SHAPED BRONZE PENDANT Provenance unknown, but possibly from Luristân. End of second millennium BC. ; width: 4^ in. Musée du Cinquantenaire, Brussels.
Fig. i THE ART OF IRAN 44 bas-reliefs of 15), for which traces can still be seen at Naqsh-i Rustam^ and Kurangun- (fig. example. i,„Bi,i,||,|||,|/J||,„mir |llW(l(l|l((ll(JJII(m(NIMI|fl(fl||((|(|[)|(|)l'''»''l''''''"'"*'''*ll''"'""l/niMI|llil|||||l(l (F^ "»y,7 „- Fig. 15 At the end of the third and during the second millennium bronze work was practised with increasing skill. Fine weapons were produced and examples have been foimd in the various archaeological excavations of the Fertile Crescent and Mesopotamia.
Art of Iran by Andre Godard