Pen box decorated with hunting scenes

Artist: Najaf Ali
Historical period(s)
Qajar period, 1853-1854
Papier-maché, painted and lacquered
H x W x D: 4 x 4.1 x 24 cm (1 9/16 x 1 5/8 x 9 7/16 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. George C. Keiser
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Container, Lacquer

Pen box

bear, boar, deer, dog, falcon, gazelle, hunting, Iran, landscape, lion, papier-maché, Qajar period (1779 - 1925), rabbit, writing, WWII-era provenance

To about 1953
Dr. Nabil, to about 1953 [1]

From about 1953 to 1983
Mr. and Mrs. George C. Keiser, Washington, DC, purchased from Dr. Nabil in about 1953 [2]

From 1983
Freer Gallery of Art, given by Mrs. George C. Keiser in 1983 [3]


[1] According to the donor, her husband purchased this object in approximately 1953 from a Persian, Dr. Nabil (see Curatorial Note 3 in object record).

[2] See note 1.

[3] Transferred from the Freer Study Collection to the Freer Permanent Collection (see Curatorial Note 3, Elizabeth F. Duley, December 17, 1992, in the object record).

Previous Owner(s)

Mrs. George C. Keiser
Dr. Nabil

Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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