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Section of a Ceiling from the Narinjistan Mansion

Arts of the Islamic World

On View: Arts of the Islamic World, 2nd floor
These sections of a painted wood ceiling come from the public audience hall of the Narinjistan (Orange Garden) mansion in Shiraz, in southwestern Iran. Construction of this residence, noted for its opulent surface decorations and mirror work, was begun in 1870 by Mirza Ibrahim Khan and completed in 1885 by Muhammad Riza Khan, who belonged to the prominent Qavam family of Shiraz.
MEDIUM Polychrome and metallic pigments on wood
  • Place Made: Shiraz, Iran
  • DATES ca. 1870
    DIMENSIONS 49 × 3 1/4 × 63 in. (124.5 × 8.3 × 160 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Carll H. de Silver Fund
    PROVENANCE Prior to 1970, provenance not yet documented; by 1970, acquired by Daniel Brooks Inc., New York, NY; October 13, 1970, purchased from Daniel Brooks Inc. by the Brooklyn Museum.
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    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Arts of the Islamic World, 2nd floor
    CAPTION Section of a Ceiling from the Narinjistan Mansion, ca. 1870. Polychrome and metallic pigments on wood, 49 × 3 1/4 × 63 in. (124.5 × 8.3 × 160 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Carll H. de Silver Fund, 70.97.4. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 70.97.4b_PS11.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 70.97.4b_PS11.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2022
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