Reza Shah Pahlavi Bronze Metal Plate Handmade Sculpture Wall Art by Kanaev

SKU: YRD-1018-1

Condition: This sculpture is in perfect condition
Bronze Dimensions: Height 8.5" X Width 8.5"
Weight:6 LBS
Original or Reproduction: Original

Reza Shah Pahlavi, born Reza Khan on March 16, 1878, in Alasht, Mazanderan province, Iran, played a pivotal role in Iranian history as an army officer who ascended through military ranks to become the shah of Iran from 1925 to 1941. Reza Shah, often referred to as Reza Shah the Great of Iran, is hailed as the Father of the Nation and the Creator of Modern Iran. His original intent was to establish a Republic in Iran and assume the role of the first president, emphasizing a desire for a secular republic that would diminish the influence of Shiite Islam in the government. Despite his republican aspirations, Reza Khan faced opposition from traditional institutions such as the Persian Royal Courthouse, monarchists, feudal lords, and Shiite Mullahs, leading to his eventual acceptance of becoming a shah. Reza Khan's vision for Iran included a series of reforms aimed at creating a thriving and democratic nation. He envisioned a political landscape where successive worthy presidents would be elected by the people to rejuvenate the country. Deeply critical of the corruption within the monarchy, feudalism, and religious institutions, Reza Khan's desire for a secular republic was driven by a disdain for these traditional power structures. Unfortunately, the persistence of the Monarchist-Mullah alliance prevented the realization of Reza Khan's dream, and the trajectory set by his successors eventually led to the establishment of the Theocratic Shiite Dictatorship in 1979. This sculpture, created through the ancient "Lost Wax Method," serves as a testament to Reza Shah Pahlavi's historical significance and the unrealized potential of his vision for Iran. Cast in 100% bronze and stained with a brown patina finish for preservation, the sculpture captures the essence of a leader whose aspirations for a democratic republic were thwarted by the prevailing forces of monarchy and religion. Signed by the artist Kanaev, this piece stands as a symbol of the complex historical forces that shaped Iran's destiny and the missed opportunity for a different path towards democratic governance.