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Pen Box with Scenes from the "Haft Paykar"


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Description This pen box is adorned with scenes from one of the great classics of Persian literature: the Haft Paykar (Seven Images) by the medieval poet Nizami of Ganja (ca. 1141-1209). The central part of the Haft Paykar elaborates on a series of visits made by the pre-Islamic Sassanian king Bahram V Gur to the princesses of the seven climes, each of whom recounts an edifying story on kingly virtues, followed by the pleasures of feasting and love, as depicted here. In the central oval on the top of this pen box is the image of the Virgin Mary and infant Jesus.
Exhibitions
  • Poetry and Prayer: Islamic Manuscripts from the Walters Art Museum. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2010.
  • The Art of Writing Instruments from Paris to Persia. 2011.
  • Pearls on a String: Artists, Patrons, and Poets at the Great Islamic Courts. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Asian Art Museum, San Francisco. 2015-2016.
Provenance Acquired by Henry Walters, Baltimore; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
1283 AH/AD1866-1867 (Qajar)
Medium
papier mâché with paint, gilding, and varnished lacquer
(Lacquer & Inlay)
Accession Number
67.3
Measurements
H: 1 9/16 × W: 9 3/16 × D: 1 5/8 in. (4 × 23.4 × 4.2 cm)
Geographies
  • Iran (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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