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Vanity Box

Artist:
Muhammad Baqir (Iranian, active 1735–90)
Object Name:
Box
Date:
A.H. 1204/A.D. 1789
Geography:
Country of Origin Iran
Medium:
Papier-maché and pasteboard; painted and lacquered
Dimensions:
H: 13.8 in (35 cm) x W: 9.4 in (24 cm) x Depth: 1.4 in (3.5 cm)
Classification:
Lacquer
Credit Line:
Purchase, Goldman Sachs Gift, 2015
Accession Number:
2015.252
Not on view
This superbly painted lacquer vanity box consists of a rectangular frame with a drawer and a removable lid covering a mirror. The drawer is intended to hold the dressing set; it has compartments for a variety of implements such as a scissors, tweezers, and a comb. The outer surfaces of the case are covered with sensitively rendered bird and flower (gul-u-bul-bul) painting while the inner surface of the lid features a lively feasting scene, or bazm, that epitomizes the lyricism of Zand painting at its height. A prince and his lover sit on a verandah surrounded by courtiers and musicians, who serve them wine and refreshments and provide entertainment.
Signature: "Muhammad Baqir" on outer surface of lid

Inscription: dated "124"
Dara Rahnema, La Jolla, CA, through family descent (1960s–2015;sold to MMA)
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