Carol Bier and Lionel Bier Collection

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  • Creator

    Bier, Carol
  • Dates

  • Physical Description

    1 Cubic foot
  • Collection ID


  • Scope and Contents

    Photographs taken by Carol Bier and Lionel Bier, comprising two binders of black and white 35mm negatives and contact sheets as well as a collection of images cut out from contact sheets and organized by site, documenting both pre-Islamic and Islamic Iranian architectural monuments, taken 1975-1976. Focus primarily on the Sasanian sites of Fars province, focusing on built monuments, rock reliefs, and rock-cut monuments. Sites include: Firuzabad, Naqshi-Rustam, Naqshi-Rajab, Bishapur, Sarvistan, and Taq-i Bustan. Also includes a small number of ethnographic images by Carol Bier, predominanly of the Qashqai and Mamasani. Some of these images have been used previously in publications by both the authors themselves as well as other scholars.
  • Biographical / Historical

    Carol Bier is an historian of Islamic art who is Research Associate at The Textile Museum in Washington, DC, where she served as Curator for Eastern Hemisphere Collections from 1984-2001. Her research focuses on Islamic patterns as intersections of art and mathematics.
    The late Lionel D. Bier, art historian and archaeologist, taught art history at Brooklyn College for more than 30 years. He was primarily active in researching the archaeological record of pre- and early-Islamic Iran. Among his noted publications are: Sarvistan: A Study in Early Iranian Architecture (1986) and The Sassanian Palaces and their Influence in Early Islam, from Ars Orientalis (Vol. 23, 1993)
  • Local Numbers

    FSA A2008.01
  • Creator

    Bier, Carol
    Bier, Lionel D., 1942-2004
  • Place

    Mamasani (Iran)
    Iran -- Fars
  • Topic

    Archaeology -- Iran
    Architecture, Sassanid
  • Culture

    Qashqāʼī (Turkic people) -- Iran
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  • Custodial History

    Donated by Carol Bier on behalf of both herself and the estate of the late Lionel Bier.
  • Archival Repository

    Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
  • Type

    Collection descriptions
    Archival materials
    Slides (photographs)
  • Citation

    Carol Bier and Lionel Bier Collection. FSA.A2008.01. National Museum of Asian Art Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of Carol Bier.
  • Arrangement

    Organized into two series:
    Series 1: Contact Sheets and Negatives
    Series 2: Contact Prints
  • Processing Information

    Titles, including terminology and location names, are recorded as they appeared on the original folders.
  • Rights

    Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository.
    Restricted: Bishapur images, until permission by granted by Iranian authorities.
  • Genre/Form

    Slides (photographs) -- 1950-2000
  • Restrictions

    Collection is open for research.
  • Related Materials

    Lionel Bier Collection. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of the Estate of Lionel Bier.

Repository Contact

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
National Museum of Asian Art Archives
Washington, D.C. 20013