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Bronze Alloy Inkwell (Mihbara) - JB.1335
Origin: Central Asia
Circa: 9 th Century AD to 12 th Century AD
Dimensions: 1.8" (4.6cm) high x 1.5" (3.8cm) wide
Collection: Islamic
Medium: Copper Alloy
Condition: Extra Fine

Additional Information: AS

Location: Great Britain
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JB1335 MINIATURE INKWELL, CENTRAL ASIA, ACE 900-1200 Miniature, cast bronze/brass inkwell; slightly flaring, vertical sides rise up from everted footring to flange supporting separately cast lid with finial punched for original inlay. A charming piece finished to an exceptional standard; attractive glossy, variegated patina over whole. The existing, longstanding tradition for metalwork in the Islamic world is carried to new heights during this period of Central Asian history. Great patrons such as the Seljuks (ACE 1040-1250), a Turkic- Persian dynasty of slaves and mercenaries that established themselves as guardians of the declining Abbasid dynasty in Baghdad governed large parts of the region. Under their helm we see the enrichment of existing forms and processes . The three brackets were intended to fix cords for carrying. The inkwell would have been packed with layers of silk to absorb the ink - hirb - and prevent the nib overflowing- a technique that has not been wholly effective here as we still have traces of original ink on the underside of the lid. Prof. Geza Fehervari Prof. Geoffrey King - (JB.1335)


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