An Inter-Textual Reading and Interpretation of Pomegranate Motif in Contemporary Jewelry of Iran Based on Archeological Pretexts

Document Type : Research Article


1 PhD. Candidate of Art research, Alzahra University, Tehran, Iran.

2 Associate Professor, Faculty of Art, Alzahra University, Tehran, Iran

3 Associate Professor, Faculty of Literature and Humanities, Shahid Beheshti university, Tehran, Iran


Problem Statement: The imitation or inspiration from the ancient artworks has a long history in the making of new and innovative works. Similarly, the art of Iranian jewelry as one of Iran’s richest arts is no exception. In the present research pomogrenate motif has been chosen, due to the importance of pomegranate motifs in Iranian culture, the repetition of this motif in the context of ancient artifacts of different periods, the repetition and rejoinder of this motif in recent decades in contemporary body of numerous kinds of art.
Purpose: The aim of this article is to study the relationship between represented pomegranate forms in contemporary jewels and the historical texts about ancient jewelry inspired by pomegranate motif. The present paper seeks to answer the question of how the connection of contemporary jewelry with its ancient text is explained; and, in the process of adapting these works, what changes are made in the process of adopting these works as ancient jewelry inspired from the motif, pomegranate.
Reserarch hypothesis: This research is based on a descriptive and adaptive approach, which has been carried out with the help of the method of Trans textuality and the Hyper textuality approach.
Conclusion: Contemporary artists has proceeded by preserving the form of pomegranate, disrupting symmetry, using negative and positive spaces, combining various materials with jewelry to represent the shape of pomegranate in contemporary jewelry. The relationship between previous and future texts in jewelry in different spreads of incorporation, assertion and derivation has taken place in two categories of change and imitation.


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