Historical period(s)
Modern period, Modern
H x W (overall): 33.7 x 21.3 cm (13 1/4 x 8 3/8 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Metalwork, Sculpture

Female head

forgery, Iran, Modern period (1912 - present), woman

To 1966
N. Cohen, Tehran, Iran. [1]

From 1966
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from N. Cohen, Tehran, Iran. [2]


[1] Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List after 1920 file, Collections Management Office.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

N. Cohen

Published References
  • Dr. Esin Atil. Exhibition of 2500 Years of Persian Art. Exh. cat. Washington, 1971. cat. 41, cover.
  • Oscar W. Muscarella. Unexcavated Objects and Ancient Near Eastern Art: Addenda. Monographien des Kunstgewerbes Malibu. no. 16, p. 10.
  • E. Bacon. The Beautiful and the Blessed. Christmas no. London. p. 54.
  • Malcom A.R. Colledge. The Art of Palmyra. Boulder, CO and London. p. 84.
  • Oscar W. Muscarella. The Lie Became Great: The Forgery of Ancient Near Eastern Cultures. Studies in the art and archaeology of antiquity, vol. 1 Groningen. pp. 126, 424, fig. 11.
  • Ann C. Gunter, Paul Jett. Ancient Iranian Metalwork in the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and the Freer Gallery of Art. Washington and Mainz, Germany, 1992. cat. 46, pp. 233-235.
  • Roman Ghirshman. Terrasses sacrées de Bard-è Néchandeh et Masjid-i Solaiman: l'Iran du sud-ouest du VIIIe s. av. n. ère au Ve s. de n. ère. Memoires de la Delegation Archeologique en Iran, 45 2 vols., Paris. p. 249.
Collection Area(s)
Ancient Near Eastern Art
Web Resources
Whistler's Neighborhood
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