Tehran Glassware & Pottery Museum
Museums are among the cheapest leisure activities in the city of Tehran that are interesting for different types of tourists. As we have introduced in the past to the important and beautiful museums of Tehran that are of interest to domestic and foreign tourists, today we will go to one of the most beautiful art museums within the old part of the Iranian capital city, Tehran Glassware & Pottery Museum.
Why visit Tehran Glassware & Pottery Museum?
Abgineh Museum of Tehran is actually Qavam al-Saltanah’s personal home that specializes in pottery and glass art in Iran. It is interesting to know that this museum, along with the National Museum of Iran and the Golestan Palace, is among the most visited museums in Tehran among foreign tourists. The current building was purchased during the Pahlavi era to open the museum, and renovation work began with the help of Iranian and Austrian engineers. According to the tradition of other foreign architects in Iran, Hans Holan tried to use the symbols of Iranian ancient architecture. He used elements of the Thatcher Palace, the Persepolis, the Ka’be of Zarathustra, and the Safavi architecture to design the glass and pottery museum building.
The architecture of Tehran Glassware & Pottery Museum
The original plan and plan of the Abgineh Museum is an eight-sided building similar to the Birjand Akbariyah Garden, which covers an area of over 7,000 square meters and was built on 4 floors and 2 halls.- The first floor goes back to pre-Islamic times and has two main halls, one with glass art and the other with ancient pottery.- The second floor has 3 separate halls for displaying pottery and glass art from pre-Islamic and Islamic times.- The Abgineh Museum Library is located on the northwest side of the main building and houses 4000 volumes of Persian and English books on archeology, history and art.
Different parts of the glass and pottery museum
In general, the 5 main halls of the museum are divided into two parts: pre-Islamic and post-Islamic monuments. Non-main spaces such as corridors and stairs are also used to display works and include the following halls.
Here are some examples of pottery from the first-millennium clay alongside European donations of the 18th and 19th centuries. The most important artifacts discovered in the first-floor corridor include colored earthenware, 4th and 5th century AD glassware, first millennium BC pottery.
Crystal Hall on the first floor
The most important part of this hall is a large square cube, which is actually a showcase of all kinds of glass found in Iran. This style of displaying monuments is unique in its kind. It includes objects from the first millennium BC, the Achaemenid dynasty, the Sassanid era, and the early Islamic period. In the presentation of the works, it was tried to illustrate the evolution of the crystal and glass industry at different times. Among the hallmarks of this hall is the Sasanian glass molding on the bowl and cup, the first millennium BC glass jar, and the five millennium BC chandelier lamps.
Mina Hall on the first floor
The hall houses glass traces from the first and second millennium BC (worked in two matte and shiny glass designs) alongside pottery such as pottery and geometric jars from the 4th millennium BC. If you are looking impatiently for the famous glass pipes of the Choghazenbil Temple, you can watch them in Mina Hall. These tubes are from the second millennium BC and the Middle Elam period, which combine to create a beautiful color due to the use of different colors of sunlight.
Glass Shop Museum
The store, which is directly overseen by the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization, sells a variety of crafts, manuals, educational videos, and postcards. In part of the museum’s courtyard, a building is being built so that the museum can continue its training courses there. The glass workshops are specialized in glass and pottery workshops.
Interior Architecture of Tehran Glassware & Pottery Museum
As we mentioned earlier, traditional Iranian designs were used in museum buildings alongside modern European spacecraft. In general, the most important features of the interior architecture and decorations of the Glass Museum include: – Use stairwell and staircase: The entrance to the building, which includes a stairway and aisle, will lead you to the second floor as soon as you enter the building. – Inlay on plaster and wood that can be found in all rooms, doors, and windows. – Ceiling plinths and columns – Museum glass showcases designed by the Darius Palace Thatcher. – Mirrors