This small one room exhibition at the British Museum will explore the traditions associated with love, courtship and marriage in Iran, and some of its neighbouring countries.
In Persian culture, the theme of love permeated literature, art and music for thousands of years, and "Courting to Contract" will include objects, drawings and illustrated manuscript pages which depicting scenes of celebrated romances.
There'll be some illuminated Persian marriage contracts, Babylonian contracts carved onto a clay tablet, and a number of richly embroidered textiles, wedding garments and accessories, dating from the 1500s to the 20th century.
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Craig’s review – “I always feel like a school kid walking round here, looking at all the broken bones and stones and pretending to be keen. "Yes, Miss... a piece of pottery from 1,000 BC. Amazing." Don't forget to tick them off on your sheet, she says. "When can we can we go home, Miss?" Not for another three hours, she says. "Oh Jesus Christ, are you serious?… continued”
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