Regional History Museum - Plovdiv was established in 1951 as a research and cultural organization for investigation, study, preservation and display of cultural assets from the past of the city of Plovdiv and its region in the period 15-20th century. The Museum holdings keep more than 60,000 exhibits, amongst them unique collections of cold steel and firearms, orders and medals, armament, personal belongings, printed publications, apparel and items from towns everyday life, photos and documents. The History Museum in Plovdiv manages four expositions: The Bulgarian National Revival, Book Publishing in Bulgaria in the second half of 19th and the beginning of 20th century, The Unification of Bulgaria of 1885 and the Museum Centre of Modern History.
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Ghalam-zani is the art of engraving and embossing elaborate designs, patterns and shapes on metals such as copper, silver, gold, and brass. It is widely used to make decorative trays, plates, vases, pitchers, etc. This magnificent art has a long history dating back to more than several thousand years ago. The most recognized centers for the production of Ghalamzani are currently in cities of Esfahan, Shiraz, Tehran, Tabass and Kermanshah. This particular vase is a gift from the members of an Iranian wrestling team to their Bulgarian hosts back in 1963. We learned the story of the artefact thanks to activities connected with "Digital cultural and historical heritage of the Municipality of Plovdiv" project and with the kind help of Cultural Consulate of the Islamic Republic of Iran.