Ink Well


From: Iran

Curatorial Section: Near Eastern

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Object Number 20095C
Current Location Collections Storage
Provenience Iran
Date Made 19th century
Section Near Eastern
Materials Pewter

Small pewter inkwell designed to fit into one end of the pen case. Has a small hinged lid to cover the opening to the ink holding portion of the the inkwell. 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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