- Identification and Creation
- Object Number
Zayn al-ʿAbidin [al-Imami]
- Pen box with medallions on floral ground
- Artists' Tools
- Work Type
- pen box
- 1270 H (1853-54)
- Qajar period
- Physical Descriptions
- Watercolor, gold-colored pigments, and lacquer over brass layer on pasteboard
- 3.8 × 3.9 × 22.4 cm (1 1/2 × 1 9/16 × 8 13/16 in.)
- Inscriptions and Marks
inscription: By the artist, written on the prunus trunks
Ya Mīr Zayn
kamtarīn Zayn al-`Ābidīn
O Mir Zayn!
The most humble Zayn al-`Abidin
- inscription: By the artist, written on the prunus trunks
- Kazem R. Kooros, Houston, Texas (by 1969), gift; to his son Saeed Kouros, Houston, Texas (by 1979), gift; to the Harvard Art Museums, 2018.
- Acquisition and Rights
- Credit Line
- Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Saeed Kouros in honor of Kazem R. Kooros
- Accession Year
- Object Number
- Asian and Mediterranean Art
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- Oblong pen box consisting of a cover and sliding compartment with rounded ends. The top bears three lobed medallions and two pendants, all outlined in gold. These are set against a reddish ground beautifully decorated with symmetrical designs of small flowers and leaves. The three medallions hold vignettes of birds perched on the branches of flowering prunus plants set against a black background. The inscriptions are written on the prunus trunks. Symmetrical floral compositions fill the pendants. The sides and ends bear horizontal segments filled with floral scrolls against a red background. These alternate with smaller segments with iris and poppies set against a dark brown background. The base is decorated with fine gold scrollwork on dark brown 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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