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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Pen Box with a Visit to a Sage
Artists' Tools
Work Type
pen box
c. 1850-1875
Creation Place: Middle East, Iran
Qajar period
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Opaque watercolor, gold-colored pigments, and lacquer on pasteboard
3.9 × 4.1 × 24.9 cm (1 9/16 × 1 5/8 × 9 13/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription:
    یا صاحب الزمان

    O Lord of Time!
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 vignettes of a master and his disciples, a group of three women in European dress, and pages attending a horse. The sides are decorated with elaborate architectural scenes, interspersed by medallions containing bust portraits of young men and women. On the base a grapevine is painted in gold 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), p. 131, cat. 95

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