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Mirror Case

'Ali Ashraf

Arts of the Islamic World

This mirror case bears the allegorical signature of the renowned eighteenth-century lacquer artist cAli Ashraf: “After Muhammad, cAli is noblest.”
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.
    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
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    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
    IMAGE overall, 88.92.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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    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.
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