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Gilded sheild of King Soleiman Safavi, Jaam-e Jahaan Namaa exhibition, Bonyad museum, from a collection of Shah's courtieres and generals' properties that were put into requisition following the revolution of 1979.
Safavids created the greatest Iranian empire since the Islamic conquest of Persia, and established the school of Shi'a Islam as the official religion of their empire. They also reasserted the Iranian identity of the region, thus becoming the first native dynasty since the Sassanids to establish a unified Iranian state. Despite their demise in 1722, the Safavids have left their mark down to present era by spreading and establishing Shi'a Islam in major parts of the Caucasus and West Asia, especially in Iran.
This shield is made in Isfahan and its unique magnificent art is still used in Persian handicrafts.

سپر شاه سليمان صفوي، نمايشگاه جام جهان نما، تهران

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