With a valuable collection of calligraphy, books, documents, manuscripts, paintings, handicrafts and historical artifacts, the museum was inaugurated at a ceremony attended by head of National Library and Archives of Iran Ashraf Boroujerdi, philosopher Gholam-Hossein Ebrahim Dinani; head of Iran’s branch of the International Council of Museums Seyyed Ahmad Mohit-Tabatabai, and poet, author and lecturer Mohammad Shams Langeroodi.
Founding of the museum is mainly attributed to the efforts of Kourosh Kamali-Sarvestani, head of Fars National Library, who has also established the Museum of Fars History Treasury in Shiraz, ISNA reported on its Persian website.
“Museum and library are both places of learning, research and enjoyment. Together, they can be more attractive,” Sarvestani said.
“There are now 25 private and state-owned museums in the southwest Fars Province; 14 of them in Shiraz. Fars Culture Museum is home to a selection of works by great artists of the province adept in scribing, calligraphy and painting. The museum’s collection also includes fine pen cases from the Zand and Afsharid dynasties,” he said.
Handwritings of Molla Sadra
At the new museum visitors can see handwritings of philosopher and theologian Molla Sadra (1571-1640) and works by Qajar era calligraphy masters Mirza Fat’hali Hejab Shirazi and Mohammad Shafic, better known as Vesal Shirazi; as well as scribe and calligrapher Ahmad Neyrizi (1676-1742).
Among the precious assets of the museum are calligraphies and illustrations by Qajar era illustrator, calligrapher and painter Lotf-Ali Shirazi who is renowned for his ‘rose-and-bird’ paintings.
The museum has pen cases and page illuminations by Mahmoud Shirazi, the 19th century artist of diverse talents.
His works with gold paints are among highlights of his artwork. There is a painting by Mohammad Ghaffari (1859-1940) known as Kamal-ol-Molk, and a collection of historical decrees. Sarvestani said there are also some Qur’ans in the museum.
Fars Culture Museum is on the ground floor of Fars National Library and Archives located at the intersection of Azadi Blvd. and Hafez Street.
Source: Financial Tribune