- Identification and Creation
- Object Number
Mirza Jani ibn Ahmad
- Mirror Case with Flowers and Birds
- Work Type
- mirror case
- c. 1825-1850
- Creation Place: Middle East, Iran
- Qajar period
- Physical Descriptions
- Opaque watercolor, gold-color pigments, platy hematite particles, and lacquer on pasteboard
- frame: 19.4 × 16.3 × 1.4 cm (7 5/8 × 6 7/16 × 9/16 in.)
lid: 17.4 × 14.3 × 0.5 cm (6 7/8 × 5 5/8 × 3/16 in.)
- Inscriptions and Marks
inscription: رقم کمترين میرزا جانی ابن احمد
Painted by the most humble Mirza Jani ibn Ahmad
- inscription: رقم کمترين میرزا جانی ابن احمد
- 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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- Octagonal mirror case with fitted lid. The outer surfaces of the mirror case are decorated with birds perching on sprays of mixed flowers, against a sparkling background. The inner surface of the lid features a reclining female nude and two winged cupids in a woodland setting, a composition based ultimately on a painting by British artist Richard Westall (1765-1836).
- 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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