Description & Technical information

The lacquered papier maché mirror case with a hinged flap decorated with a nightingale perched amongst roses and butterflies with a silver hinged lid. The mirror intact; the inside flap painted with an unusual scene representing Madonna and Child with an angel in the background seen through the open window. The back of the mirror case also decorated with a nightingale perched on rose bushes. Here Madonna is portrayed in partial European and Persian dress. She is seated on a throne chair with a view of an open landscape in the background painted in a European style. She is depicted unveiled with long curly hair with haloes painted around her and the Child's hair. From the end of the 17th century, Safavid painters represented European Christian subject paintings and this tradition continued on until the end of the Qajar period. See other lacquered mirror cases published in Nasser D. Khalili, B.W. Robinson and Tim Stanley, The Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art, Volume XXII, Part One, The Nour Foundation, 1996, p. 199-201. Also, see Layla S. Diba with Maryam Ekhtiar, Royal Persian Paintings: The Qajar Epoch 1785-1925, Brooklyn Museum of Art, 1998, p. 229.

Date:  19th century
Period:  19th century, 1750-1850, 1850-1900
Origin:  Iran
Medium: Lacquer, silver
Dimensions: 21.25 x 16.5 cm (8³/₈ x 6¹/₂ inches)
Categories: Oriental and Asian Art