A Tehran Art University student looks at a painting by 20th century U.S. artist Jackson Pollock at Tehran’s Museum of Contemporary Art on June 19, 2010.

Artists like Monet, Picasso and Warhol’s works not much appreciated by the leaders of Iran’s Islamic revolution were kept out of view for decades. Now, one of the greatest collections of contemporary Western art – put together under a Western-leaning monarchy in pre-revolutionary Iran – is open to the public, with some works on display for the first time in more than 30 years.

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هفت سین - a colorful “haft sin”, the ancient traditional zoroastrian table setting “sofreh” for nowruz, the new year celebration

it includes seven items that start with the letter “s” (originally it was “haft shin” but it has evolved with time) : these are elements of life with spiritual value and symbolism and have astrological correlations 

initially the items were a Mirror symbolizing Sky, truth and lucidity, an Apple symbolizing Earth, beauty and health, Candles symbolizing Fire, enlightenment and happiness, Golab rose water symbolizing Water and its cleansing power, Sabzeh wheat, or barley sprouts symbolizing Plants and rebirth, Goldfish symbolizing Animals and freedom of spirit, Painted Eggs symbolizing Humans and Fertility. (more in linked articles)

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