Iran displays ancient Persian artifacts returned from the US
Iran is displaying hundreds of ancient and Persian artifacts, some dating back as far as 3,500 years and all of them recently brought back home from museums and collections in Western countries.
|An Iranian journalist takes note as she covers a show displaying some 550 ancient Persian artworks returned by Western |
countries, including the United States, at Iran National Museum in Tehran, Iran [Credit: AP/Vahid Salemi]
He credits the improved relations between Tehran and the West in the wake of the landmark 2015 nuclear deal for helping make the process possible. "The atmosphere after the nuclear deal was very important," Talebian said. "It made it easy to bring back all these objects home."
Among the oldest items on display are dozens of clay bowls, jugs and engraved coin coins dating back 3,500 years and formerly housed in the University of Chicago's famed Oriental Institute.
The 2015 deal between Tehran and world powers put limits on Iran's nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of international economic sanctions.
|Clay tags returned to Iran by the U.S. are presented in a show displaying some 550 ancient Persian artworks returned by|
Western countries, including the United States, at Iran National Museum in Tehran, Iran [Credit: AP/Vahid Salemi]
The items from the University of Chicago had previously been displayed on their own in May 2016, but this is a first time that all of the items repatriated from these four countries have been displayed together.
"This is source of great pride and pleasure, because our identity, which is subject to disintegration, is becoming whole again," she said.
Author: Amir Vahdat | Source: The Associated Press [February 08, 2017]