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Mirror case with a court scene

Creation date: mid 19th century
Creation place: Iran

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Medium and Support: Papier-maché; painted and lacquered
Credit Line: Museum Acquisitions Fund
Accession Number: 2014.19
Dimensions: 9 21/32 x 6 5/16 in. (24.5 x 16 cm)
Currently on view

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04/17/17 Diana Chou

Mirror case
Attributed to Imami
Iran; mid-19th century
Papier-maché; painted and lacquered
Museum Acquisitions Fund, 2014.19
Inlaid and Laquered Objects
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.
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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