Order of the Lion and the Sun

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Order of the Lion and the Sun
Officier in de Orde van de Leeuw en de Zon Iran rond 1900 Civiele Divisie.jpg
Officer's Medal of the Order
Awarded by
Imperial Coat of Arms of Iran.svg
Head of the Iranian Imperial Family
Type Dynastic Order
Royal house House of Pahlavi
Sovereign Crown Prince Reza of Iran
Grades Knight/Dame Grand Cordon, Knight/Dame Grand Officer, Knight/Dame Commander, Knight/Dame Officer, Knight/Dame, Companion
Former grades Knight Grand Cross with Collar
Next (higher) Order of Aqdas
Next (lower) Order of the Crown
Order of the Pleiades
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Ribbon of the Order

The Imperial Order of the Lion and the Sun was instituted by Fat’h Ali Shah of the Qajar Dynasty in 1808 to honour foreign officials (later extended to Persians) who had rendered distinguished services to Persia. In 1925, under the Pahlavi dynasty the Order continued as the Order of Homayoun with new insignia, though based on the Lion and Sun motif. This motif was used for centuries by the rulers of Persia, being formally adopted under Mohammad Shah.

The order was senior to the Order of the Crown. It was issued in five grades.

Foreign recipients[edit]

Major-General Sir John Malcolm was the first foreign recipient in 1810. Other foreign recipients include:

Sir Francis Michie Shepherd, (1892-1962), British Ambassador to Persia, 1950-1952.

In literature[edit]

  • Anton Chekhov has a short story titled The Lion And The Sun. The story is about a mayor who had "long been desirous of receiving the Persian order of The Lion and the Sun".[1]

See also[edit]


  • On 6 September 1900, the mayor of Mariánské Lázně, Dr. Nadler, was decorated with the Commander Cross of the Lion and the Order of the Sun by the Shah during an official visit.



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