- Identification and Creation
- Object Number
Attributed to the Circle of Najaf `Ali
- Mirror Case with the Virgin and Child with Attendants
- Work Type
- mirror case
- c. 1800-1850
- Creation Place: Middle East, Iran
- Qajar period
- Physical Descriptions
- Opaque watercolor, gold-colored pigments, and lacquer on pasteboard
- frame: 23.4 × 15 × 1.7 cm (9 3/16 × 5 7/8 × 11/16 in.)
lid: 21.2 × 12.9 × 0.5 cm (8 3/8 × 5 1/16 × 3/16 in.)
- 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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- Rectangular mirror case with fitted lid. The outer surfaces of the mirror case feature open-terrace scenes, with figures of the seated Virgin and Child and various attendants. In the backgrounds, putti hover over trees and fanciful architecture. The inner surface features a young prince and his attendants visiting a religious sage. The figures occupy a double-balustraded terrace in the middle ground. The background offers a vista of fanciful European towers with arched openings set within a riverine landscape.
- 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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