Type of Museum: Archeological
Type of Objects: Antique objects and Calligraphic specimen
Seyed Khandan, Shariati Ave., Tehran, Iran
Tel.: (0098-21)863-001 to 003
Opening hours: 9-18; Tuesday to Sunday
Collection of objects in Reza Abbasi
Museum recalls an era that is unknown, mysterious, and full of the endeavors of human for
survival, fighting nature, gaining benefits and victory over the environment. This
collection or objects in Reza Abbasi Museum is on permanent display in five galleries and
also some services.
Objects preserved in this Gallery are from the 2nd millennium BC to the end of Sassanid
Dynasty. Potteries and metal objects that show simple and pleasant shapes with decorations
often derived from nature and each are from various regions such as Azerbaijan, Susa or
Lorestan. Discovery and usage of materials, advances in knowledge and technology have
created objects in Median and Achamenian periods and the subsequent eras; humanity gained
such a level of skill that could think about beauty and perfection and was able to create
different objects. Silver objects with gold decorations from the Sassanid period, which
bring this gallery to a conclusion, reflect this advancement.
The Islamic Gallery,
In the first Islamic Gallery, metal objects from the Buyid Period that have designs
derived from the Sassanid era with Kufic Scripts, showing early Islamic influences;
potteries from the 9th to the 11th centuries AD from Neishabour also with Kufic scripts or
pottery wares with splashed clear glaze, or multicolored wares attributed Sari are on
display. This collection continues with potteries from Seljuk period that shows
different techniques, various materials and a greater variety of designs,
such as enamel, under glaze
painted, monochrome glazes, lustre painted, etc. Most of these were made in cities like
Rey, Kashan and Gorgan. Oil lamps, incense burners and other metal objects of
Seljuk period bring this display to a conclusion.
The Islamic Gallery,
Objects from 13th to the end of 19th centuries are on display in this gallery. With the
attack of Mongols, trends, fashions and types of makes, as well as centers of fabrication,
changed. Potteries with different colors and decorative backgrounds, in the initial section
of this gallery, are some samples of this period. Metal objects from Timurid period, which
also was a very turbulent time in the history of Iran, are some remained ones of this
era. Pottery and metal wares from Safavid period, which shows a different situation
prevailing in country, display differing designs, decorations and colors. Metal wares,
textiles and also polychrome lacquer objects with bird and flower, Qajar period, reflect a
new era in the history of art and culture of Iran and bring this collection to a
The Painting Gallery
From the early centuries of Islamic period ( i.e.12th century ) there are few remains.
Schools of painting in each era are known by the city or cities that were centers of
power. At the beginning of the Painting Gallery, there are pages of "Shah-Nameh"
from 14th century and examples of painting from Schools of Shiraz and Tabriz; also
paintings from other ancient manuscripts and books of literature that have a high standing
in culture of Iran, show the schools of Herat and Shiraz in 15th century and Tabriz,
Qazvin, and Isfahan during 16th and 17th centuries. Works by Reza Abbasi, the famous
painter of his period, who is the inspiration for naming this Museum in his
honor, could be
seen along with works by several of his students. This brings the collection of Safavid
paintings to a conclusion. Traditional flowers, with pleasant colors and birds drunk with
the fragrance of flowers, are some samples of Qajar paintings. This brings the works on
display to a completion in this gallery.
Decorated samples of script in Kufic, Naskh and Thulth of Qur'an and other books. Works of
great calligraphers in script of Nastaliq and Shekasteh like: Mir Emad, Mirza Gholam
Reza and Abdul Majid Darvish and the samples of manuscripts from 15th to the end of 19th
centuries, have been collected in this gallery.
Reza Abbasi Museum has allocated part of its activities to short-term and temporary
exhibitions, therefore, it is possible to see on display some works that are in the
storage of the museum. When opportunity arises, let the masters in different fields of art,
use this space for displaying their works.
Library of Museum has a valuable collection of books and magazines, and also old sets of
newspapers. This is a complementary to the collection of Museum and provides appropriate
resources for researchers and scholars in various fields of art.
Reza Abbasi Museum has allocated space for training courses. Thus, it is possible to teach
various fields of art that are related to museum.
Bookshop of the Reza Abbasi Museum is a site for obtaining publications issued by Iranian
Cultural Heritage Organization and as a center for offering other art related