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Early Islamic Period in Iran. Insights into the Uncovered Aspects of Adornments and Evidences by Mohsen Amini

Article  /  History   Technics   Essays
 
Published: 09.05.2024
Golden filigree ornaments. L: 5.8 cm, 12th century, Iran. 
. Photo credit: L.A. Mayer Museum..
Golden filigree ornaments. L: 5.8 cm, 12th century, Iran. 
Photo credit: L.A. Mayer Museum.

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The scarcity of ornamental artifacts from early Islamic period in Iran requires a precise examination. The potential reason might be the lack of clarity in Islamic teachings and the presence of various, at times contradictory, narrations regarding the endorsement or prohibition of Jewelry. Moreover, the taboo surrounding discussions related to women and their wearing could also be a contributing factor.

Given the shortage of documentary evidence, we need to overwork to discuss the adornments used in early Islamic Iran. By revisiting references found in chronicles, travelogues, and historical texts from the early Islamic period, confirm that, despite the abundant mines across Iran and the Iranians' proficiency in making delicate objects, it is unlikely that Iranians refrained from crafting and utilizing jewelry during this period.

In fact, the number of surviving artifacts displays a wide range of diverse and distinct designs. The craftsmanship employed is both masterful and intricate, enabling Iran to surpass the challenges and influences stemming from Arab dominance. This resurgence allowed Iran to reclaim its identity and embark on a new phase of creativity and transformation.