pen box top © President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
2014.340
People
Abu’l-Hasan al-Ghaffari Naqqash-Bashi
`Abd al-Vahhab Muzahhib-Bashi Shirazi
Title
Pen Box with the Virgin and Child
Classification
Artists' Tools
Work Type
pen box
Date
1854-1855
Places
Creation Place: Middle East, Iran
Period
Qajar period
Culture
Persian
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Opaque watercolor, gold-colored pigments, and lacquer over brass and tin layers on pasteboard
Dimensions
3.2 × 3.6 × 21.8 cm (1 1/4 × 1 7/16 × 8 9/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription:


    راقمه ابوالحسن الغفاری نقاشباشی



    یا وهّاب ۱۲۷۱



    Painted by Abu al-Hasan al-Ghaffari, Chief Painter



    O Munificent One! 1854-55



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
2014.340
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 an oblong cartouche containing the Virgin and Child, a white-bearded man, and a winged putto. The rest of the top and the sides are covered with densely painted illumination. The base and outer surfaces of the compartment are painted with a gold arabesque on a red background. Inside the compartment, multicolored flowers are painted on a gold background.
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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