Doors from Chihil Sutun with Flowers and Animals Maker: Unknown

ca. 1706 (rebuilding of monument originally constructed in 1647)

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The Chihil Sutun is a pavilion in the middle of a park that was built by Shah Abbas (r. 1642–61). It was used for diplomatic gatherings and other events. The name means “forty columns”—a reference to the elegant columns and arches that define the polygonal structure. These doors date to the early eighteenth-century rebuilding of the pavilion.


Lacquer on wood


76 × 21 3/4 × 1 1/2 in. (193 × 55.2 × 3.8 cm)

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Hobart and Edward Small Moore Memorial Collection, Gift of Mrs. William H. Moore

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Safavid dynasty (1501–1722)


Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of records is ongoing.



According to A.U.Pope letter of Oct. 9, 1950, the doors were given by Mrs. W. Murray Crane (Josephine Porter Boardman) (1873–1972), one of the founders and board member of the Asia Institute; Asia Institute, New York; Mrs. William H. Moore (Ada Small Moore) (1858–1955) New York; gift in 1951 to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.
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