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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2014.346
Title
Pen Box with Flowers, Birds, and Butterflies in Grisaille Technique
Classification
Artists' Tools
Work Type
pen box
Date
c. 1875-1900
Places
Creation Place: Middle East, Iran
Period
Qajar period
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/351842
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Opaque watercolor, gold-colored pigments, and lacquer on pasteboard
Dimensions
3.9 × 3.8 × 22.7 cm (1 9/16 × 1 1/2 × 8 15/16 in.)
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
2014.346
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 painted in black on a tan background with birds, flying insects, and a variety of flowers. The base bears a gold arabesque on a red 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), p. 150, cat. 154

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