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Pen box (with marbled design)

Abu Talib al-Mudarris,

Creation date: 1850s
Creation place: Iran

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Medium and Support: Papier-maché; marbled, painted and lacquered
Credit Line: Museum Acquisitions Fund
Accession Number: 2014.16.a-b
Dimensions: 1 3/8 x 8 31/32 x 1 15/32 in. (3.49 x 22.78 x 3.73 cm)
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04/17/17 Diana Chou

Papier-mâché; marbled, painted, and lacquered

Attributed to Abu Talib al-Mudarris
Pen box with marbled designs
Iran, 1850s
Papier-maché, marbled, painted, and lacquered
Museum Acquisitions Fund, 2014.16.a-b

Painting in Iran could take many forms; in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, it became particularly popular to paint on papier-mâché pen and mirror cases. These objects were covered with a layer of resin varnish which has darkened over time, giving the painted surface a deep and lustrous finish. The group of objects here represents the work of important Qajar artists and the range of imagery with which they experimented—marbling, shaded drawings, the rose-and-nightingale theme, and works in a Europeanizing style.

[MS Feb 2016; Gallery Label June 2015 Research]
Last Updated: 4/17/2017


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Persian Art , 6/16/2014 - 12/14/2014

Persian Art , 12/20/2014 - 00/00/00

Arts of Iran The San Diego Museum of Art , 1/20/2017 - 00/00/00

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