nonpareil creators of metal works
golden cup (2000-1000 B.C.)
have been skillful creators of metal works since the prehistoric era,
reviving metal with splendid artistic patterns.
Many Iranian texts, including Ferdowsi's Shahnameh (The epic of the
Kings), have testified to the existence of creative metal work in the
Living in a land rich in metal mines, Iranians were the first nation to
use metal for creating a wide range of metallic instruments and alloys.
Metallic Axe (1000 B.C.)
An epigraph found in Susa shows Iranian metal workers blowing into bellows
used to forcefully pass air into a forge and raise the temperature to a
suitable degree for melting metals.
Bronze and silver objects found in Susa and Tappe-Hesar archaeological
sites show that rapid replacement of stone arms and tools with daggers and
lances in ancient Elam.
Metallic objects including weapons, equipment and ornaments for horses and
different types of dishes were discovered during excavations near the
Zagros mountain range.
Metallic ornaments (1000 B.C.)
One of the greatest metalwork treasures was discovered in the northern
Province of Gilan in 1961. The Marlik metal dishes showed an advanced form
of art dating back to three thousands years ago.
Some 63 pieces of skillfully made gold, silver and bronze dishes were
unearthed from 53 graves belonging to rulers, commanders and their
One of the famous Marlic pieces is a cup made of pure and flexible gold.
The cup is decorated with four embossed winged cows, created by hammer
Golden cup (1000 B.C.)
A unique characteristic of Marlik metalwork is that it depicts various
living creatures while they are in motion.
Coming to the Sassanid era, metal works became representations of extreme
dexterity. The jewel-inlaid metal containers and silver cups of this era
all have a breathtaking beauty.
The Solomon Cup, made by Sassanid artists, is one of the most beautiful
artifacts of the era. The golden jeweled cup is covered inside and out
Metallic Fire stand and Idol (1000 B.C.)
One of the most glorious ages of Iranian metal work, when Iranian artists created innovative designs and
decorations on gold, silver and bronze dishes.
Iranian artists sealed a special sign on their metal works, which showed a
falcon sitting over a little bird, thrusting its beak into the bait's
Metal horse statue (300 A.D.)
The art gradually improved till a new style and variety emerged. Metal works are distinguished by their unique designs and
One of the symbols of Iranian artists was a lion attacking a reindeer.
The beauty and elegance of the original and innovative metal works of
ancient Iran has affected many young artists, an influence which has continued to
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