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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2014.324
People
Muhammad Isma`il
Title
Pen Box with Portrait Medallions on Floral Ground
Classification
Artists' Tools
Work Type
pen box
Date
c. 1850
Places
Creation Place: Middle East, Iran
Period
Qajar period
Culture
Persian
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Opaque watercolor, gold-colored pigments, copper ribbons, and lacquer over brass layer on pasteboard
Dimensions
4 × 3.9 × 23 cm (1 9/16 × 1 9/16 × 9 1/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: هو آلله تعلی سبحنه

    مصوره محمد اسمعيل
    He! Praise to God, the Almighty.

    His painter is Muhammad Isma`il
Provenance
Ezzat-Malek Soudavar, Geneva, Switzerland (by 2014), by descent; to her son Abolala Soudavar, Houston, Texas (2014), gift; to Harvard Art Museums, 2014.

Note:
Ezzat-Malek Soudavar (1913-2014) formed this collection over a period of sixty years. She purchased the works of art on the international art market.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of A. Soudavar in memory of his mother Ezzat-Malek Soudavar
Accession Year
2014
Object Number
2014.324
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Cover and sliding compartment with rounded ends. The top is decorated in vertical format with three portrait medallions and two anchor pendants, surrounded by blossoms. The inscription is written in the anchor pendants. The portraits are of two woman (top and bottom) and one man (center). The sides are decorated with clumps of flowers growing from a ground line. The red background of the top and sides has thin stripes of a shiny copper under lacquer.

Exhibition History

Technologies of the Image: Art in 19th-Century Iran, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 08/26/2017 - 01/07/2018

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