Pen Case Lid


From: Iran

Curatorial Section: Near Eastern

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Object Number 20095A
Current Location Collections Storage
Provenience Iran
Date Made 19th century
Section Near Eastern
Materials Paper | Lacquer | Gold
Technique Lacquer

Pen case lid. Top has red background with red floral designs surrounded by borders of intricate gold scroll work. Sides and bottom are red with borders of gold scrollwork. Casket shaped lid which slides over the base from one end. Pen cases such as this were frequently treasured objects belonging to scribes. This box still contains its original reed pen, with its nib cut to specifications of the script for which it was last used. The built-in metal inkwell could be a later modification by the box's owner, one that required that the pen be shortened to fit inside the box..

Credit Line Gift of Sara Yorke Stevenson, 1897

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