Vintage Persian Shirt khorshid coin paired with hand knotted lava silver turquoise chain. The chain is 56 centi long and the coin is 3 centi in Diameter ( the chain is 22.7 inches long and the coin is one inch in diameter)
The Lion and Sun or in farsi Shiro khorshid is one of the main national flag until the 1979 Iranian Revolution. The motif, which illustrates ancient and modern Iranian traditions, became a popular symbol in Iran emblems of Iran (Persia), and formerly was an element in Iran’s 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 motif has many historical meanings. First, as a scientific and secular motif, it was only an astrological and zodiacal symbol. Under the Safavid and the first Qajar kings, it became more associated with Shia Islam. During the Safavid era, the lion and sun stood for the two pillars of society, the state and the Islamic religion. It became a national emblem during the Qajar era.