I suppose there are always some people who are born to be sculptors.
In Iran after Islam also there were people who were innate sculptors.
In the era that making sculptures was banned and sculptors were disfavored, what should they do.
One leeway for sculptors was to get into architecture. That is how Persian architecture,
After the establishment of Islam, flourished.
The second way out was forging their sculptures in the form of commonly used
Appliances. In other word sculptors were transformed into artisans who forged common
Device, such as locks, mascara•holders, talisman, weights, salt shakers, and… that are
Demonstrated in Prof. Parviz Tanavoli’s books.
Tanavoli has collected them as comprehensive collections. He has scrutinized them closely, and drown up each collection into a separate books.
In a comparative study in these books, Persian locks, for instance, have some qualities more than their function in the counter parts made in other parts of the world. They are actually Persian historical sculptures that are formed by an artistic insight of their artisans. The sculpture of anonymous craftsmen who were not recognized as artists.
Despite their presence, our history shows the absence of sculptors.
When I restored some of these devices, my audiences were stunned and asked me how I made these configurations. I explained to them that these art crafts were not made by me;
They made centuries ago. My job was merely magnifying them to a certain extent and putting them on pedestals as a sculpture. I make several copies of them (5•7 copies).
So that they will be more accessible and noticed widely.
SOLDIER ON LION
LION WITH THE KEY