Qalamdan (Pencase) Depicting Scenes from Nizami's tale of Bahram Gur and the Seven Princesses

Pencase
Qajar period, 19th century, Persia
Materials and technique: opaque watercolor and lacquer over papier-maché
size: 4.1 x 4 x 24 cm
Kept in Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA, USA
source: [1]

This object showcases the storytelling nature of the Persian art. It depicts scenes from Haft Peykar which is an epic and romantic poetry book written by Nizami Ganjavi [2]. The story is about the life of Bahram V of Sassanid Empire.