Gramophone Cylinder
1880 USA

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Near East Museum




Near East Museum
Address: Aram St. #1, Republic Square, Yerevan, Armenia
Phone: 56 37 14
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday 11-16, closed Sunday and Monday

USA Office
Address: 1320 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10128
Phone: (212) 831-7134
Fax: (212) 831-3137
Contact: Marcos Grigorian, 70-33 Manse St., Forest Hills, NY 11375
Phone: (718) 544-9873

The Near East Museum was founded during the years 1992-93 with the help of Ministry of Culture of Armenia. Museumís founder, Marcos Gregorian, was graduated from Romeís Academy of fine Arts, 1954. He returned to Iran and began collecting a wide variety of Iranian historic and tribal art and objects and established Aesthetic Gallery in Tehran, to promote and help young contemporary artists.

He also founded and organized Iranís First Biennale in 1957 and served, as itís delegate to the Venice Biennale in 1958. He went on to discover two important coffee-shop painters, Qolar aqasi and Mohammad Modabber, whose works he exhibited and brought to the publicís attention.
In 1926, Gregorian moved to USA and established Gorky Gallery, in memory of Armenian-American painter Arshile Gorky.

Iran Room of Museum
Near East Museum of Erevan is home to one of the world's finest collections of accident Iranian traditional art.
The collection includes most rare medieval lion-head faucets, unique in the world today. Persian Room also displays 18th century doorknockers, Luristan bronzes, locks, silver jewelry, glass and oil painting and most of all a large collection of embroidered Lady Sun Quilts.
According to the tales and stories, Sun image and its rays is an eternal symbol in pre-Islamic religion, in Iran and Armenia even today relate to the "Fairy Goddess Anahita". To this day, some Persian homes typically hang six of the Sun images near the ceiling of their living rooms to protect their children from evil eyes.

Armenia and Ararat
This section shows rugs, kilims, pottery and objects, some dating from the second and third century BC.

Russian glassware from Czarist era, Samovars and Mortars
European and American His Masterís Voice and Thomas Edisonís Gramophones
A rare collection of early sewing machines from Great Britain, Germany and USA are displayed to help young scholars visualize the past.
The museum is founded on the principle that the survival of culture and civilization depends upon on appreciation of the marvels of the past.


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