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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2014.380
People
Muhammad Husayn Shirazi
Title
Wafer Seal Case with Flowers, Hazelnuts, and Butterfly
Classification
Boxes
Work Type
box
Date
c. 1875-1890
Places
Creation Place: Middle East, Iran
Period
Qajar period
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/352137
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Opaque watercolor, gold-colored pigments, and lacquer on pasteboard
Dimensions
1.5 × 2.8 × 13.5 cm (9/16 × 1 1/8 × 5 5/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription:
    یا حسین ابن علي
    O Husayn, son of Ali!
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
2014.380
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Flat case with sliding lid and rounded ends. The top is in horizontal format with three panels containing birds, flowers, and hazelnuts. On the base a central panel contains a view of a town clustered at the edge of a bay, with mountains in the distance. To the left and right are floating bouquets.
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. 146, cat. 142

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