Art And Culture

Valuable Manuscripts on Display

Valuable Manuscripts on DisplayValuable Manuscripts on Display

A collection of precious books is on show at an exhibition ‘Beautiness’ in Malek National Museum and Library of Iran.

A part of the 7th Art and Culture Festival, the exhibits include items from the library of Astan Quds Razavi, an autonomous charitable foundation in Khorasan Razavi Province, and Tehran’s Malek Museum.

Various artistic items, from paintings to lacquer belonging to different historical eras, are on display, Mehr News Agency reported.

Copies of old manuscripts from the library and the museum are also for sale.

One of the biggest libraries of precious manuscripts in Iran, Malek Museum  moved to a new building in the central part of Tehran in 1966, with the expansion of its activities. The building and its contents were donated by its founder to Astan Qods Razavi.

A part of Malek Museum is dedicated to the exhibition. Books, handicrafts and even handmade jewelry is on display.

Mohsen Ghoreishi, a sales manager at the museum, said a number of book lovers, students of art and researchers who are not able to visit Mashhad, found their “favorite items” at the museum.

“People are keen to purchase the precious manuscripts displayed at the fair,” Ghoreishi said, adding that a part of the museum is dedicated to copying and publishing the manuscripts.

Among the items, an old Qur’an manuscript has been presented in covers made of Termeh, a type of Iranian hand-woven cloth. Reprinted 12 times, the copies cost over $450.

Copies of Divan of Hafez, celebrated Persian poet, with a lacquer book cover are also among the items, costing $15. The collection includes different handicrafts such as ‘khatam’, Persian version of marquetry, vitreous enamel and textile printing.

The exhibition concludes on August 26.