Carol Bier and Lionel Bier Collection
Portions of this collection are digitized

Summary
Collection ID:
FSA.A2008.01
Creators:
Bier, Carol
Bier, Lionel D., 1942-2004
Dates:
1975-1976
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
1 Cubic foot
Repository:

Scope and Contents
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.

Arrangement
Arrangement
Organized into two series: Series 1: Contact Sheets and Negatives Series 2: Contact Prints

Biographical / Historical
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.
Biographical / Historical
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)

Administration
Custodial History
Donated by Carol Bier on behalf of both herself and the estate of the late Lionel Bier.
Processing Information
Titles, including terminology and location names, are recorded as they appeared on the original folders.

Local Numbers
Local Numbers
FSA A2008.01

Digital Content

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Use
Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository.
Conditions Governing Use
Restricted: Bishapur images, until permission by granted by Iranian authorities.
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.
Preferred Citation
Carol Bier and Lionel Bier Collection. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of Carol Bier.

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.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Archaeology -- Iran Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Architecture, Sassanid Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Mamasani (Iran) Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Negatives Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Slides (photographs) -- 1950-2000 Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Iran -- Fars Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sassanians Cultural Context Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Qashqāʼī (Turkic people) -- Iran Cultural Context Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
Washington, D.C. 20013
AVRreference@si.edu
https://www.freersackler.si.edu/research/archives/