The Arts of Iran and Lights of the Levant

The Arts of Iran

Iran is at the crossroads of the caravan routes between the Far East and the Mediterranean. It was the birthplace of ancient civilisations. Here, during the reign of the Achaemenids (550–330 B.C.), the world's first empire arose.

The Iranian collection in the Musée de la Castre is centred on the Lycklama donation (1877) and bears witness to over 7,000 years of history. Works from the Qajar period (1786–1925) have an important place. They were mainly collected by Tinco Lycklama during his two visits to Persia (1866 and 1868). They form a unique collection in France.


Lights of the Levant

The area known as the "Levant", covering today's Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine and Jordan, was a crossroads for trade and exchanges between populations from the Neolithic period.
The period of Antiquity was particularly marked by Phoenician, Greek and Roman influences. It is very well represented in the Musée de la Castre collections. The Lycklama donation includes a series of archaeological treasures from excavations in Sidon, the ancient capital of Phoenicia, located south of Beirut on the Mediterranean coast of Lebanon.

The museum also has four night-time photos taken by Alain Ceccaroli (a French photographer born in 1945) and acquired in 2018. These works, from the series "Les formes de l’ordinaire, Alep", highlight the historic districts of the city of Aleppo between 2002 and 2005.