The Most Special Flags Of Iran

  Flags, standards, and banners have always been important national and imperial symbols for Iranians, both in war and peace. Xenophon reports that Cyrus the Great's standard was a golden eagle with spread wings, mounted on a long shaft. The best-known symbol of Iran in recent centuries has been the Lion and Sun motif, which is a graphic expression of the astrological configuration of the sun in the sign of Leo, although both celestial and animal figures have long and independent histories in Iranian heraldry. Late in the nineteenth century, the Lion and Sun motif was combined with an earlier scimitar motif and superimposed on a tricolor of green, white, and red. With minor modifications, this remained the official flag until the revolution of 1979.