Bistam, as Ernst Herzfeld referred to the site, is also known as Bastam and Bestam; a village in Khorasan, it is located in northeastern Iran, about 6 kilometers north of Shahrud. Founded in the
sixth century, Bastam is now known for its Islamic monuments from the Ilkhanid period. These squeezes are from a wall of the Congregational Mosque.
We are excited to reopen the Freer on October 7, 2017, following a renovation to allow us to better present our art and serve our visitors. The Sackler remains open, with a full lineup of exhibitions and events both in the museum and around DC.