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A dream to honor the legacy of The Royal Family of Iran

Mehrak Davoudi, Iranian painter and sculptor next to Her Majesty Empress Farah Pahlavi and a collection made for the Pahlavi dynasty in 2013


“In the quiet depths of my childhood imagination, a dream was born – a dream to honor the legacy of the Royal family of Iran through art. In 2013, that dream manifested into reality as I painstakingly crafted bronze sculptures of Shahbanou Farah Pahlavi’s Hands and Her signature (Farah), the late King, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi’s pair of shoes on an embroidered velvet and gold Imperial Coat of Arms cushion base as well as his Imperial signature and Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi’s  hands convey his unconditional love and admiration for freedom in Iran.

My own hands, capturing their essence, grace, and majesty for eternity. Each stroke of the sculptor’s tool was infused with reverence and admiration for the noble figures who have shaped the history and culture of Iran. The Queen’s regal presence, the late King’s strength and wisdom, and the Crown Prince’s promise of the future are etched in every curve and line of these sculptures, a testament to their enduring legacy.

These artworks are more than mere representations – they are a heartfelt tribute to The Royal family, a labor of love that spans decades of devotion and admiration. As I hold in my hands the castings of their own hands and a pair of the King’s shoes, I am reminded of the power of art to preserve history, evoke emotion, and honor those who have left an indelible mark on our world. May these sculptures stand as a beacon of inspiration and remembrance, inviting viewers to connect with the rich heritage and cultural significance of the Iranian Royal Family. In their presence, may we reflect on the past, celebrate the present, and embrace the future with the same grace, dignity, and resilience that define this noble lineage.”

Mehrak Davoudi
Painter and sculptor