JB1335 MINIATURE INKWELL, CENTRAL ASIA,
Miniature, cast bronze/brass inkwell; slightly
vertical sides rise up from everted footring to
supporting separately cast lid with finial punched
original inlay. A charming piece finished to an
exceptional standard; attractive glossy,
patina over whole.
The existing, longstanding tradition for metalwork
in the Islamic world is carried to new heights
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
Abbasid dynasty in Baghdad governed large
the region. Under their helm we see the
of existing forms and processes .
The three brackets were intended to fix cords for
carrying. The inkwell would have been packed
layers of silk to absorb the ink - hirb - and
the nib overflowing- a technique that has not
wholly effective here as we still have traces of
original ink on the underside of the lid.
Prof. Geza Fehervari
Prof. Geoffrey King