National Geographic : 1939 Sep
OLD AND NEW IN PERSIA Photograph by Maynard Owen Williams A MORE RECENT THRONE OBSCURES THE JEWELED PEACOCK DAIS IN GULISTAN PALACE Scholars believe the graceful structure behind the jeweled chair contains parts of the famous Mogul royal seat at Delhi, which was carried to Persia in 1739 by Nadir Shah (page 326). Across the back two carved peacocks spread their glittering tails, inlaid with rubies, emeralds, and pearls. At the top shines a revolving sun of diamonds. Dragons of green enamel support two steps by which former monarchs ascended to the platform, there to sit cross-legged in oriental fashion.