Scorpion-shaped amulet - from Kashan, 19th c.

Amulets in the shape of scorpions have been used since ancient Greek times to protect against potentially fatal scorpion stings. Some were worn on necklaces or attached to the outside of buildings. This bronze amulet was found in the ruins of Kashan, which may have been inhabited as early as the 600s BCE and was a major settlement in the 900s CE. After an earthquake in 1779, the city went into decline.

Amulets have long been part of most cultures across the world. They were, and for many people still are, believed to bring good fortune or good health and protect against bad luck, including sickness and physical danger.

(science museum, uk)

زهرا خانم تاج السلطنه - Zahra Khanum Tadj ol-Saltaneh (1883 - 25 January 1936)

was a Persian Qajar princess, daughter of Nasser al-Din Shah.

She was one of the defenders of the Iranian Constitutional Revolution and a prominent member of the Anjoman-e Horriyat-e Nesvan (Society for the Emancipation of Women).

her memoirs Crowning Anguish: Memoirs of a Persian Princess from the Harem to Modernity - was recently translated into english


Gerye Nakon by TM BAX (farsi rap)