- Identification and Creation
- Object Number
Attributed to the Circle of Najaf `Ali
- Pen Box with Reclining European Women and Female Portraits
- Artists' Tools
- Work Type
- pen box
- c. 1850-1875
- Creation Place: Middle East, Iran, Isfahan
- Qajar period
- Persistent Link
- Physical Descriptions
- Opaque watercolor, gold-colored pigments, platy hematite particles, and lacquer on pasteboard
- 3.7 × 3.7 × 23.3 cm (1 7/16 × 1 7/16 × 9 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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- Cover and sliding compartment with rounded ends. The top is decorated in horizontal format with three vignettes featuring a semi nude woman draped in a red cloth. The background is a sparkling dark brown. In the different scenes, the companions include winged angels, a white bearded man, female attendants, and a brown bearded man who grasps a bottle. These scenes are separated by two oval medallions with female portrait busts. The sides are similarly composed and decorated, with male portrait medallions appearing on the back. The base is decorated with a gold arabesque on a black background.
- Publication History
Massumeh Farhad and Mary McWilliams, ed., A Collector’s Passion: Ezzat-Malek Soudavar and Persian Lacquer, Harvard Art Museums and Freer/Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian Institution (Cambridge, MA/Washington, D.C., 2017), pp. 46-47, figs. 15a-b; p. 137, cat. 113
David Roxburgh and Mary McWilliams, ed., Technologies of the Image: Art in 19th-Century Iran, exh. cat., Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2017), pp. 31-32, fig. 9; pp. 35-37, fig. 23; pp. 156-157, cat. 70
- Exhibition History
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