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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2014.355
People
`Abbas Shirazi
Title
Pen Box with European Woman and Eagles in Medallions
Classification
Artists' Tools
Work Type
pen box
Date
1878-1879
Places
Creation Place: Middle East, Iran
Period
Qajar period
Culture
Persian
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Opaque watercolor, gold-colored pigments, and lacquer on pasteboard
Dimensions
3.9 × 3.9 × 23.6 cm (1 9/16 × 1 9/16 × 9 5/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: یا عباس ۱۲۹۵

    O Abbas! 1878-79
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
2014.355
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 oval medallions. In the center is a three quarter length portrait of a woman; the upper and lower medallions contain eagles. The sides each feature a circular medallion in the center with a bust length female portrait, flanked by oval medallions containing pairs of male and female ruminants. The base and compartment are painted with a gold arabesque on a black 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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