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Pen Box with Battle Scenes and Pastoral Scenes
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Pen Box with Battle Scenes and Pastoral Scenes


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Description From the 15th century, lacquer was used primarily for bookbinding in Iran. From the 17th century onward, however, it became the primary medium for the pen box. A massively popular item, the lacquer pen box served as the vehicle for the dissemination of new styles, in particular, farangi-sazi (the Europeanized style) characterized by the integration of Western motifs and pictorial techniques. European landscape scenes, as seen on the object's side, were of great interest in Iran and a frequent motif on pen boxes.
Exhibitions
  • 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 Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
19th century (Qajar)
Medium
papier mâché with paint, gilding, and varnished lacquer
(Lacquer & Inlay)
Accession Number
67.7
Measurements
Box with cover H: 1 7/8 × W: 10 1/8 × D: 2 3/16 in. (4.8 × 25.7 × 5.6 cm)
Geographies
  • Iran (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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