Azerbaijan Museum

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Coordinates: 38°04′24″N 46°18′00″E / 38.07333°N 46.30000°E / 38.07333; 46.30000

View of Museum

Azerbaijan Museum is the major archaeological and historical museum in Tabriz, in the northwest part of Iran (East Azerbaijan province). It was established on April 1958.[1] The museum consists of three major halls, a side yard, office rooms and a library. It mostly contains objects discovered from excavations in Iranian Azerbaijan also some artworks and sculptures of artists. Its library contains more than 2500 books both hand written and printed book about history, archaeology, art and Iranian culture.[2] Apart from National Museum of Iran in Tehran, Azerbaijan Museum has the largest collection belonging to different periods of Iran's history.

Galleries[edit]

The museum has three galleries. The first gallery bears the oldest remains from 5th millennium BC until Sassanian dynasty (212-656 AD). The museum's monuments include goddesses, Rhytons, two skeletons (male and female) and a carved slab of marble known as Bism Allah-Stone.

Three ton Bism Allah-Stone, ground floor of museum.

The second gallery consists of two parts: one for Islamic archeology and another part for coins and seals. Part one involves pottery dated from the 10th to the 19th centuries. The coins of this gallery (part two), began with the Achamenid dynasty and end in the Qajar dynasty. The displayed seals and stamps date from the third millennium BC to Islamic eras.

In second gallery, it shows a Sassanian agate stamp seal with sun and moon image and Pahlavic inscriptions.
Impression of the seal.

The third gallery includes some sculptures made by Ahad Hosseini. They are made of plaster and represent the sculptor's own image about the fate of mankind in 20th century.

In the yard of museum some stone figurines, statues, rams and inscriptions are kept.


Theft[edit]

On May 7, 2013, five silver plate belonging to the Sasanid time stolen from Azerbaijan museum. [3] On November 2013, East Azerbaijan police arrested the thefts but they couldn't retried the stolen items.[4]

Location[edit]

Azerbaijan Museum is located next to Khaqani Park and Tabriz Blue mosque in central part of Tabriz.

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