Pen Case

Pen Case. Signed by the court painter Muhammad Isma‘il

Pen Case. Signed by the court painter Muhammad Isma‘il
Iran, 1864-65
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A microcosm of the artistic, literary, and spiritual preoccupations of 19th-century Iran, this pen case shows scenes from the Shahnameh (Book of Kings), the early 11th-century Persian epic poem, and from Sufi poems, along with portraits of famous Sufi mystics, and of the Shah and his courtiers.

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