Pen box

This lacquered and gilded penbox is intricately decorated with images of birds, rabbits, leopards, dogs and butterflies against a background of floral scrolls, Chinese-inspired lotus blossoms and cloud bands. The top of the penbox bears an inscription in fine 'naskh' script, which states that the obejct was made as a gift for Atabak-i A'zam in the year 1318 (1900 CE). The interior of the penbox has a removable miniature brass inkwell with an openwork border, and a lid hinged with two swan-like birds.

Date/Period
1318 AH /1900 CE
Region
Iran
Dimension
Object size: L 19.8 x W 3.3 x Depth: 3
Accession No.
1997-04822
Material
Lacquer on wood
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Category
Lacquerware