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The Face of a Selecuid Ruler is Revealed

Mahrokh Sepehri, the dispatched reporter of the Gilgamesh Quarterly, attended the meeting “The Portrait of a Seleucid Ruler in the National Museum of Iran” at the site of the Ancient Iran Museum, which has prepared a summit that, will be presented to you audiences of the Gilgamesh.

December 9, 2017, is the 300th birthday of John Winkelmann, the father of archeology.

I am going to celebrate John’s birthday with a true historic artistic research in his spirit in collaboration with the National Museum of Iran and the German Archaeological Institute.

On the banner is written: “The Portrait of a Seleucid Ruler in the National Museum of Iran “. The story goes back to 1314 when a halved face that seems to belong to one of the rulers of the Seleucid dynasty in the second and third centuries BC found in the “Kal e Chendar” area of the Shami village of Izeh city of Khuzestan province.

It is an interesting story that the eternity of this ruler is anonymity when 80 years later, Dr. Gunvor Lindstrom hears about a bronze statue that great archaeologist Sir Aurel Stein has taken to the British Museum for research.

Correspondence and searches are useless. The statue has disappeared, but Gonvur, who is a specialist in art and culture of the Hellenistic era and in 2009 and 2010 she was the exhibitor of “Alexander and Conquest of the World” in Germany, Austria, and Spain, did not easily pass such a treasure. Because only she and the experts in this field know that, there are few Greek bronze sculptures in large in the world.

Therefore, in 2015, with one of her colleagues and photogrammetric equipment, she came to the realm of the ruler, and this time it targets the National Museum craft No. 2477. I do not know how it went to England and return, but the important thing is that I found it; “she says”.

For three weeks, with her colleague and research group of the National Museum, and the help of photogrammetry technology she created a three-dimensional image of the two half-masks that have been welded before by the Ancient Iran Museum around 30 years ago. Unfortunately, by comparing the portrait with Seleucid coins she cannot exactly say which ruler this face belongs to.

However, the result of her hard works, which is a print of three-dimensional figure of an Ancient Greek ruler, is a gift to the National Museum.

Gunvor is very grateful for the opportunity and is waiting for a budget to assemble the governor members (face, two hands and part of the left foot) and build a statue to its primary size.

At the end, Dr. Gabriel Nokande, the head of the National Museum, appreciated the valuable studies of Dr. Gunvor Lindstrom and presented her cultural gifts. He believes that future of Iran and Germany cooperation is bight.

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