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Illustrated Drawings on Safavid Copper Fulus: Collection of Al- Fajera Museum

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Abstract This collection includes 13 fulus dating to the period of weakness and crisis at the end of Safavid Dynasty, during the reigns of Shah Sultan Hussein I (1105-1135 AH/1694-1722 CE) and Shah Sulaiman 'Safi II' (1077-1105 AH/1666-1694 CE). The Collection is examined and published for the first time. It discusses the illustrated drawings on the fulus throughout the Iranian cities, the theme of the study, and other cities during the Safavid period in general; and this historical period especially which was the beginning of the end of Safavid Dynasty; with the origins of these drawings of the Safavid felos through the early Islamic coins, and through its inclusion on the applied artifacts; such as pottery, textile, metal, wood, carpets, stone, glass, and rock crystal during the Islamic Age, as a comparison between the decorative elements on coins and on applied artifacts. The study shows that Safavid artists included the decorative elements which represent Sasanian traditions, because the Safavid Dynasty attempted to revive Persian nationalism and regain the previous Iranian glory. Those decorative elements are considered an expansion of the decorative elements which adorned different applied artifacts with drawings on pottery; or carving on wood, stones, or marble; or enameling on glass; or embroidery, or textile; or printing on textile, that occurred in all Muslim countries since the first century AH, either in Andalus, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Levant, or Turkey assuring the unity of decorative elements on coins and different applied artifacts in the frame of Islamic art. I hope this study will be a new addition in the field of Safavid coins.


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