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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2014.307
People
`Ali Ashraf
Title
Pen Box with Flowers and Birds
Classification
Artists' Tools
Work Type
pen box
Date
1776-1777
Places
Creation Place: Middle East, Iran
Period
Zand period
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/351838
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Opaque watercolor, gold-colored pigments, copper particles, and lacquer over brass layer on pasteboard
Dimensions
3.6 × 4.2 × 24 cm (1 7/16 × 1 5/8 × 9 7/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription:
    زبعد محمد علي اشرف است في سنه ۱۱۹۰

    After Muhammad, `Ali is the noblest, in the year 1776-77
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
2014.307
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 horizontal format. The top and sides are densely decorated with a continuous frieze of birds and flying insects in mixed plants that sprout from the ground line. Plants include roses, hazelnuts, iris, hyacinths, and primrose. The base is painted with a gold arabesque on a black ground.
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), p. 117, cat. 54

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