- Identification and Creation
- Object Number
- Pen Box with Portrait Medallions on Floral Ground
- Artists' Tools
- Work Type
- pen box
- c. 1850
- Creation Place: Middle East, Iran
- Qajar period
- Physical Descriptions
- Opaque watercolor, gold-colored pigments, copper ribbons, and lacquer over brass layer on pasteboard
- 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
- inscription: هو آلله تعلی سبحنه
- Ezzat-Malek Soudavar, Geneva, Switzerland (by 2014), by descent; to her son Abolala Soudavar, Houston, Texas (2014), gift; to Harvard Art Museums, 2014.
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
- Object Number
- Asian and Mediterranean Art
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- 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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