Medium: Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on papier mâché under a lacquered varnish; silvered glass
Dates:AH 1165 / 1751 CE
Dimensions: 5 3/4 x 7 1/2 in. (14.6 x 19.1 cm)
Museum Location: Brooklyn Museum, BMA, 5H33, 3J
Accession Number: 88.92
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.