Settling down permanently in England and having access to a wide range of resources, such as museums, libraries and scholars, was a good opportunity for Houshang Mahboubian not only to continue to manage his gallery but also to complete his studies and research in the field of ancient Iranian art; the result of which was the publication of the following books, which can be found in many of the important International museums and prominent university libraries across the world (click here to read comments about Houshang’s publications from world class museums and universities).


Treasure of the Mountains: The Art of the Medes

London: Mahboubian Gallery 1995.

Treasure of the MountainsHoushang’s first publication illustrates a collection of eighteen pieces of silver objects from the Median period that were recovered through the efforts of his father Dr. Benjamin Mahboubian, during one of his excavations in western Iran, and have been kept in his private collection in Switzerland and France since 1934. A version of this book was completed and printed in 1978 in Iran.

Art of Ancient Iran: Copper and Bronze

London: Philip Wilson Publishers, 1997.

Art of Ancient IranHoushang’s second book presents over 404 lots (more than 500 pieces); largely unpublished pieces of ancient copper and bronze art from Elam, Luristan, Amlash, Kaluraz, and Urartu; and from the Achaemenid, Parthian, and Sassanian periods, dating from 3000 BC to 700 AD.

The Art of the Medes

Second Edition, London: Philip Wilson Publishers, 2002.

The Art of the MedesThis is a revised and expanded version of Houshang’s book entitled Treasures of the Mountains: The Art of the Medes, containing much new research on Median art by the author. It presents 54 lots of silver pieces.

ELAM: Art and Civilisation of Ancient Iran 3000 – 2000 BC

London, Mahboubian Gallery, 2004.

ElamHoushang’s most recent book is the result of new research on a major, previously unpublished collection of fourteen Elamite silver objects, dating from 3000 - 2000 BC. In this book, the author discusses the civilisation (religion, script, language and art) of the people whom we know as Elamites, and analyses the iconography of their art by examining each object in depth.

Since 2004 Houshang Mahboubian provides consultancy for museums and antiquities collectors. Moreover, being in possession of a unique and important collection of proto-Elamite engraved silver pieces – complete or fragments – Houshang together with the assistance of scholars and enthusiasts of this field endeavour to pioneer the deciphering of this language (the oldest known writing system from Iran used briefly 3000 BC; see some images from the H. Mahboubian collection below). In this regard, it must be mentioned that some scholars have already attempted to decipher both scripts, most notably Walther Hinz and Piero Meriggi but unfortunately have not succeeded. H. Mahboubian would like to invite those who are interested in Elamite language to contact him for cooperation.

Dr Benjamin Mahboubian's Excavations

When Dr Mahboubian was about 30, the French scientific and cultural mission was involved in archaeological excavations Read More....

On the Preservation of Cultural Heritage

Houshang Mahboubian believes that the preservation and protection of the ancient heritage of our human and ancestral civilisations and cultures Read More....

Mahboubian Gallery in London

In 1970 Houshang established the Mahboubian Gallery in London, in order to pursue his objectives of expanding and assembling his family collections in one place Read More....

Petrochemical Projects

Parallel with this private passion Houshang had another line of commercial activity in place. In the early 1970’s when the Iranian crude oil was Read More....

Consequences of The Islamic Revolution of Iran

The Iranian revolution of 1979-80 represented a period of great social and financial upheavals for millions of Iranians. Read More....

Art Robbery In New York

In December 1984 in order to participate in an art exhibition in New York, Houshang decided to ship his collection of Achaemenid and Sassanid gold Read More....

The Destruction of the Bamiyan Buddha

In 2001 the Taliban, because of their extreme religious bigotry, decided to wipe out all traces of cultural heritage in Afghanistan Read More....