Gallery Talk: Qajar Lacquer as a Medium of Exchange


Monday, September 25, 2017, 12:30pm to 1:00pm


Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138

Harvard University Art Museums present a gallery talk led by

Mary McWilliamsAbbas Shirazi, Pen Box with European Woman and Eagles in Medallions
Norma Jean Calderwood Curator of Islamic and Later Indian Art, Harvard Art Museums

Free with museums admission. This talk is limited to 15 people and tickets are required. Ten minutes before the talk, tickets will become available at the admissions desk.

Please meet in the Calderwood Courtyard, in front of the digital screens between the shop and the admissions desk. Museums staff will be on hand to collect tickets.

Gallery talks are offered by curators, conservators, fellows, and other museums staff; they focus on aspects of the installation process, exploring both intellectual and more practical considerations. Museums staff will, for example, tease out arguments at play in the galleries, discuss conservation treatments, look closely at specific collections, or draw connections between works of art throughout the museums.

This talk is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Technologies of the Image: Art in 19th-Century Iran, which is on view through January 7, 2018.

Image: `Abbas Shirazi, Pen Box with European Woman and Eagles in Medallions, Iran, 1878–79. Opaque watercolor, gold-colored pigments, and lacquer on pasteboard. Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of A. Soudavar in memory of his mother Ezzat-Malek Soudavar, 2014.355. 

Contact: 617-495-9400