Epic Iran

John Curtis, Ina Sarikhani Sandmann, Tim Stanley


Iran was home to some of the greatest civilizations of both the ancient and medieval worlds, but these achievements are now little known outside the country. Epic Iran brings together 250 fascinating objects and images to cast a rare light on 5,000 years of history, showing how civilized life emerged in Iran around 3,200 BC, and how a distinctive Iranian identity, formed 2,500 years ago, has survived until today, expressed through artistic continuities, religious affiliations and the Persian language.
Lavishly illustrated, this magnificent and important book encompasses metalwork, ceramics, glass, illustrated manuscripts, textiles, carpets, oil paintings, drawings and photographs from collections around the world. It brings treasures from the ancient and Islamic worlds together with the work of contemporary artists and makers, demonstrating the rich legacy that still influences many modern-day practitioners.

Creator Bio

John Curtis is Academic Director of the Iran Heritage Foundation and former Keeper of the Middle East Department at the British Museum
Ina Sarikhani Sandmann is co-founder of the Sarikhani Collection
Tim Stanley is senior curator in the Asian Department at the V&A

Price £40.00
Format Hardback
Publication Date 4 February 2021
Pages 336
Height 287mm
Width 247mm
Illustrations 270 illustrations
ISBN-13 9781851779291