Historical period(s)
18th century
Papier-mâché, gold, and lacquer
H x W: 24.6 x 31.4 cm (9 11/16 x 12 3/8 in)
Probably Iran
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view


flower, Henri Vever collection, Iran, WWII-era provenance
Provenance research underway.

This binding is embellished with an intricate design of stylized cloud and floral motifs, recalling the illumination framing the central figures in Young Female and Young Male in the adjacent gallery. The decoration suggests how painters, illuminators, and bookbinders often drew on some of the same figural and abstract motifs to accentuate the visual unity of a manuscript or album.

Published References
  • Glenn D. Lowry, Milo Cleveland Beach, Elisabeth West FitzHugh, Susan Nemanzee, Janet Snyder. An Annotated and Illustrated Checklist of the Vever Collection. Washington and Seattle. cat. 480, pp. 378-379.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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