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Shah Nimatullah Wali Museum of Kerman

Shah Nimatullah Wali Museum of Kerman

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Shah Nimatullah Wali Museum was established in 1357 SH, in a part of Shah Nimatullah Wali Mausoleum that is best-known as Amirieh Façade. Being Famous as Shah Nimatullah Wali, Sayed Noor al-Din Nimatullah Wali Kermani was one of the great mystics, poets and elders of the eighth and ninth centuries AH in Iran.

This great mystic was paid much attention to by Timurid kings during his lifetime. The continuity of Iran architecture from Safavid to Qajar periods can be seen in his mausoleum complex. The construction was started in the ninth century and continued for six hundred years so that one can proceed with the history of Iranian architecture within a time span of six hundred years through investigating this complex. The current area of the complex reaches more than six thousand square meters. Different parts of the building include two high Minarets, Shah Abbasi porches, Dar al-Hefaz gateway, Mohammad Shahi façade, Vakil courtyard, Atabaki courtyard, Hosseineh courtyard, Vakil al-Molk courtyard and Mirdamad courtyard; Each was erected in a different period of time: Shah Abbasi courtyard during the reign of Shah Abbas Safavid, Mirdamad and Atabaki courtyard by Naser al-Din Shah Qajar and Hosseineh courtyard in time of Mohammad Shah Qajar.

The museum complex is located underneath the entrance corridor and it contains materials related to the Sufism culture. The architecture of a part of the museum backs to 130 years ago that was built in the time of Naser al-Din Shah Qajar. The museum was the gathering place for the Sufi dervishes. Sufi branches are an inseparable part of Islamic mysticism with an irrefutable influence on the history, culture, poem, literature, etc. The branches of Sufism have mostly formed from the sixth century and prospered during the seventh and ninth centuries AH.  Among the most highlighted signs of dervishes and Sufis kept in this museum are Kashkool and battle axe.

Kashkool was, in fact, a small cup that was being carried by dervishes and Sufis. Interesting among other items in this museum are Quran papers in Kufic script related to more than eight hundred years ago, old jeweled swords, manuscripts, old Rahl and a large Patteh embroidery work sewed by several Kerman women in order to cover the tomb of Shah Nimatullah Wali; it as about four and a half meter in two and a half meter. Some belief in this piece to be the oldest Patteh in Iran. 

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