Description & Technical information

This painted wooden box features figural scenes and vegetal motifs stylistically reminiscent of the earlier Safavid period. An octagonal medallion flanked by pendant motifs is centrally placed on the lid, with two elongated medallions on the front and rear of the box. Each one highlights a painted scene depicting figures enjoying music and wine in a garden. This theme continues on to the underside of the lid with six figures in a garden setting. The sides of the box bear eight-pointed stars with central rosettes. Inside are five compartments with sliding lids, and two open compartments divided into smaller pentagonal-shaped units. A small drawer with a compartment and sliding lid is located on the lower right side of the box.

Date:  19th century
Period:  19th century, 1750-1850, 1850-1900
Origin:  Iran
Medium: Painted wood
Dimensions: 21 x 38 x 23.5 cm (8¹/₄ x 15 x 9¹/₄ inches)
Categories: Oriental and Asian Art