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Favourite pieces. We came to see two specific pieces (see tips below), but in the end it was the globe in picture one that ended up completely blowing my mind away. Nassar-ed-din ordered the globe to be made in 1869. Ebrahim Massini supervised a group of Iranian craftsmen during the construction. 51,366 loose stones from the Treasury were used, and in total it contains 3.656kg of precious stones. The entire globe weighs 34kg.

We spent ages trying to locate the various countries in the world on the globe, and with a little bit of imagination, it becomes obvious. Oceans and seas are reflected in emeralds, whereas the land masses are shown in rubies. Certain countries, such as Iran, France, England as well as Southeast Asia are specified with diamonds (I feel special!). India is made from red rubies, whereas sub-Saharan Africa is shown in sapphires. The equator is marked in diamonds. The globe is about 66cm in diameter, displayed on a stand of gold-plated wood studded with gems. Quite a masterpiece and totally awesome!

There is a smaller globe (see picture two) which is just a table decoration, and nowhere near as impressive. It is decorated with rubies and emeralds.

The object in picture three is only really a favourite because of its name: ewer (pitcher) is another one of the new words I learned in Iran.

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  • Written Jun 13, 2007
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