Sanctifying the Hidden Grandeur
Guest Designer: Sahar Ghoreyshian Executive Team: Emad Mahdian, Niloufar Sadat Shirkhorshidi, Atiyeh Mohebbi Supervisor: Pouyeh Peyman Adviser: Kimia Khodadadi 3D Model Creator: Farhang Zajforoushha Adviser and Gemologist: Hadi Nemati Artwork Creator: Sarah Moslemi Lapidarist: Mahdi Aghabozorg Finishing and Stone Setting: Mina Ramandi
For a long time, a lot has been said about the wonders of Persepolis and its exemplary art in all artistic aspects. From the sphinx at the entrance to the Gate of Nations in Persepolis to the reliefs of the Achaemenid kings who sat on the throne, the designs of representatives from all over the Achaemenid Empire who came to the kings to present gifts, the inscriptions are written in cuneiform on the orders of the Achaemenids kings and are engraved on the walls of Persepolis. In every corner of this ancient masterpiece, a form of different customs and different uses of buildings can be seen. From the temple to the throne and from the imperial public meetings to the show of the change of seasons.
A Sip of Life
Ashk-e Shaqayeq: poppies’ tears
Flying peacock on crown
The Zoroastrians considered the lotus flower sacred because it grew in the middle of a swamp, and they believed that an unsuitable living environment could not be a reason for human beings to grow up inadequately. The lotus lithograph engraved in Persepolis indicates the importance of this flower to the Iranians. In Eastern culture, the lotus flower is a symbol of purity since its path to flourishing is similar to cultivation, starting in the darkness of the swamp, trying to gain a goal, which is reaching the sunlight, until the moment it reaches the water surface. If a person follows the principles of truth, benevolence, and patience, he shall grow like a lotus. The petals of the lotus symbolize the different levels of abandonment of human dependence to achieve higher realms of cultivation.