- Identification and Creation
- Object Number
Muhammad Baqir Samirumi
- Pen Box with Persian Women in Medallions
- Artists' Tools
- Work Type
- pen box
- Creation Place: Middle East, Iran, Isfahan
- Qajar period
- Physical Descriptions
- Oil paint, gold-colored pigments, and lacquer on pasteboard
- 3.5 × 3.2 × 19.9 cm (1 3/8 × 1 1/4 × 7 13/16 in.)
- Inscriptions and Marks
inscription: 303 Samīrumī 1327
303 [Baqir] Samirumi 1909-10
- inscription: 303 Samīrumī 1327
- 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 cartouches. In the center is a full-length portrait of an Iranian woman in a black jacket and floor-length skirt; above and below are bust-length female portraits. The sides are composed in a similar manner with an oblong cartouche in the center that features animals in a mountainous landscape; to the right and left are small riverine landscapes. On the base an arabesque is painted in gold on a black background.
The artist Muhammad Baqir Samirumi sometimes added the number 303 to his signature. It has been suggested that this stands for the name “Baqir,” the letters of which have this numerical value.
- 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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