From: Iran

Curatorial Section: Near Eastern

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Object Number 20095D
Current Location Collections Storage
Provenience Iran
Date Made 19th century
Section Near Eastern
Materials Wood | Reed (plant)

Hollow piece of finished wood, cut at a slant at both ends. The wood surface has alternating dark and light diagonal bands. 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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