- Identification and Creation
- Object Number
- Pen Box with Portrait Medallions on Floral Ground
- Artists' Tools
- Work Type
- 1102 H (1692-93)
- Creation Place: Middle East, Iran
- Safavid period
- Physical Descriptions
- Opaque watercolor, gold-colored pigments, copper alloy particles, and lacquer over silver layer on pasteboard
- 3.7 × 4.2 × 23.9 cm (1 7/16 × 1 5/8 × 9 7/16 in.)
- Inscriptions and Marks
inscription: هو العلی الاعاي
راقمه حاجی محمد في ۱۱۰۲
He! The most High.
It was painted by Haji Muhammad in 1692-93.
- inscription: هو العلی الاعاي
- 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 flowers painted on a red background. The inscription is written in the anchor pendants. The portraits are all of women, and the central figure wears a fanciful European gown. The sides are decorated with floral scrolls, which are continuous around the ends. The walls of the compartment bear gold landscape motifs on a red background. The base is plain red.
- 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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