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Shir o Khorshid


Multi-color 100% cotton

The Lion and Sun (Shir o Khorshid) is one of the main emblems of Iran (Persia), and was an element in Iran’s national flag until the 1979. The motif has many historical meanings. First, as a scientific and secular motif, it was only an astrological and zodiacal symbol. The motif, which illustrates ancient and modern Iranian traditions, became a popular symbol in Iran in the 12th century. The lion and sun symbol is based largely on astronomical and astrological configurations: the ancient sign of the sun in the house of Leo which itself is traced back to Babylonian astrology and Near Eastern traditions. The male sun had always been associated with Iranian royalty: Iranian tradition recalls that Kayanids had a golden sun as their emblem. The lion too has always had a close association with Iranian kingship. The garments and throne decorations of the Achaemenid kings were embroidered with lion motifs.

  • Unisex T Shirt
  • 100% Airlume combed and ringspun cotton
  • Light fabric (4.2 oz/yd² (142 g/m²))
  • Pre-shrunk fabric
  • Retail fit
  • Tear away label
  • Runs true to size
Width, in17.9920.0022.0124.0225.9827.9930.00
Length, in27.9929.0230.0031.0232.0132.9933.98
Sleeve length, in8.909.179.459.7210.0010.3910.79


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