This mirror case bears the allegorical signature of the renowned eighteenth-century lacquer artist cAli Ashraf: “After Muhammad, cAli is noblest.”
- Artist: 'Ali Ashraf, Iranian
- Medium: Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on papier mâché under a lacquered varnish; silvered glass
- Place Made: Iran
- Dates: AH 1165 / 1751 CE
- Dynasty: possibly Zand
- Dimensions: 5 3/4 x 7 1/2 in. (14.6 x 19.1 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Signed: "Zi ba'd-i Muhammad 'Ali Ashraf ast (after Muhammad is `Ali Ashraf)" - the allegorical signature of 'Ali Ashraf.
- Collections:Arts of the Islamic World
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 88.92
- Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Charles K. Wilkinson in memory of her husband
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: 'Ali Ashraf (Iranian). Mirror Case, AH 1165 / 1751 CE. Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on papier mâché under a lacquered varnish; silvered glass, 5 3/4 x 7 1/2 in. (14.6 x 19.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Charles K. Wilkinson in memory of her husband, 88.92. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: This mirror case bears the allegorical signature of the renowned eighteenth-century lacquer artist `Ali Ashraf: “After Muhammad, `Ali is noblest.” (Exhibit text, Islamic Galleries, June 2009, L. Akbarnia) Octagonal mirror case consisting of a frame and a hinged cover with a mirror. As in most Persian lacquer, this piece is made of papier-mâché and is covered with painted designs against a black ground. The edges are decorated with minute repeated stylized leaf and flower patterns in gold on a black ground.
- Record Completeness: Best (85%)